Well I've been playing for a couple months, and although that on its own isnt a long time Ive been very attached to music for a long time, more so than say your average teen is (I listen to music for more reasons than what sounds good lol). I have a sort of dilemma with my advancing as a Bassist. Sadly, I wont be able to get a guitar teacher for about 5 months unless something opens up, so I need to tough it out and work on my skills as a beginner player myself. I have a urge to create my own music, since the reason I want to play bass is to create my own stuff. Despite this, I don't think I have either: A) enough knowledge of all the notes and B) fast/accurate enough fingers. I feel like I need some sort of guidance on what to do to help advance my skills at the level they are. Should I just keep challenging myself with new songs? Ive been trying out some stuff such as Rush, like 2112 (the first two I can do and the third Im working on). I looked into some theory but I dont think repeating scales will be the best method of practice. Is there a point where things just get easier? I see videos of people playing with smooth fingers but I just cant do that, or am I just getting way ahead of myself (since theyve been playing much longer than me)? I want to express myself through the bass, pick it up and play one of the many good tunes floating in my mind that I cant seem to get out. So do I just tough it out and keep playing until things get easier? How long did it take you guys to get the groove on? Thanks for any comments/advice!