Most people here know that for the most part, I know what I'm doing with a bass. I've spent most of my life with a bass in hand, and learned lots by ear and feel. I know however that I'm limited because of my lack of theoretical knowledge, and I'm diving in for the 100th time to learn as much as I can. I have the book Music Theory for the Bass Player (Ariane Cap), and I'm moving forward with that. Right from the start, first exercise (counting notes ascending and descending, and then skipping 1, 2 and 3 notes) blew my brain to confetti. Its super frustrating to me, and I want to quit after 10 minutes. I'm starting to believe it has something to do with math anxiety, or me just NOT being wired that way. I didn't super suck at math in school, but at a certain point I was done. I quit with the sine, cosine, tangent stuff . Can anyone else relate to this? Has anyone conquered it? Does anyone have any tips for getting past it? Why does learning theory seem like climbing Mt. Everest to me?