OK, I am completely new to the bass, just getting mine tomorrow. All I know are the open strings, how to read TAB and bass cleff. Key signatures, tempo, musical terms, and time signatures I know from my experience with my clarinet. I would be learning something from my orchestra (or strings, as they call it) class, but since they only have a beginner class open, it's just like re-learning everything on my clarinet except on a cello. My brother, a bassist, can provide help, but is mainly an EB bassist, and doesn't do much stand up. My ears have been 'trained' very well, and I am forced to tune precisely on my clarinet, but I have more trouble hearing intonation in the lower ranges, because they are new to me. I know pizz. kind of (teaching myself) but arco, I have heard there are many dis-simialarities between that of the bass and that of the cello. And all I know is really, that I am going to need an instructor, because a local violen group is in need of a bassist, and they are giving me a couple of months to really warm up to the instrument and give them a deep backbone to their band. Well, thank you for considering, and BTW I live with my parents and I have cash to burn, hopefully.