Hi, I just decided to take up the electric bass. I like and want to play rock and roll, especially in a classic rock style. I know that is really broad, but I'm sure you get the idea. I basically want to do this to play in a band with my buddies. I'd like to know what books would be good to read for: 1. Bass playing instruction 2. songwriting from a bassist's perspective 3. singing I know a teacher/instructor is best and I WILL get one, but I'd like to have something in book form too. I'm not exactly sure what "music theory" is but maybe I need something in that area also, or maybe that is part of "bass playing instruction", I'm just not sure. Also, any tips on picking out some starting equipment would be great. Money is definitely an issue. Thanks!