Excuse my ignorance on this subject.... I have purchased an instruction book on learning to read music for the bass and am wood shedding to begin to try to learn to sight read the bass clef. I want to begin to do more than just play the root note of the guitar chord notation. I play mostly church music with our choir. In reading ahead in the book it talked about chords on the bass. What are they talking about? They talk about a particular chord notation and then talk about the corresponding chords on the bass. I assume this is not talking about strumming the bass strings. "Duh!" My interpretation of it is that for any particular guitar chord notation on a piece of music, that there are certain notes one should play while in this chord. It also talks about developing bass runs based upon these notes using passing notes, which I can comprehend from my old days. My full time playing background from years ago being country music and 50s and 60s rock and roll, I come from an old 4 chord song progression using 2 beat rhythms. Learning a repertoire of songs in this mode simply consisted of doing covers of artists by listening to the records and memorizing the bass lines. Reading music wasn't necessary, and was seldom if never used. The one problem with this book is that it is evidently designed to be used with verbal instruction and explanation from a qualified teacher, so it leaves a lot to try to figure out exactly what is being discussed. On that same subject can anyone recommend a self teaching lesson or book/CD series that I can use to further develop my playing from learning to sight read the bass clef and reaching my goal of being able to sit down with other musicians, being handed a piece of music and be able to do something with it, other than follow the guitar chord changes? Something that gets down to the novice terms and works up, not requiring additional input from an instructor.