I now have an instrument. Got what I would say was a great deal on a used Bass. As some of you said, it didn't take long to get back with the feel after being away for 20 plus years. As I mentioned I played 60s rock and roll and country full time for several years back then. Church music with a choir is going to be a new ball game for me. First rehearsal with my gear is tonight. I read an article on guitarnoise.com about what the author calls "The Box" . Basically it works like this...in the A major chord, most everything you need is on the 5th or 7th fret. As I get into it tonight should I be in pretty good shape and not embarress myself too much by relying on "the Box?". Of course I will have music with guitar chord nots noted above the staff. I obviously do not sight read notes. I know an above average amount about reading music, as I took stell guitar lessons for 5 years when I was a kid, with the goal being able to sight read. What other tips can any of you give for this first time out? Thanks once again for all your many replies to my posts.