I'd be interested in hearing from other TBers who play bass and sing lead on this subject, as well as the opinions of other bassists. Here's my situation. I'm in my 50s and have been playing bass for just over two years. Through diligent practice, reading TB, and lessons, I've gotten to the point where I'm not bad. Not great either, but good enough to play in a couple of bands that practice fairly regularly and play out a few times a year. More than I ever expected in fact. The first band I've been with almost two years. In that band I play bass and do backup vocals. It's a great bunch of guys, experienced musicians and they've been patient with me. My bass playing has improved immensely thanks to their patience, help and encouragement. We get together regularly to practice, play out a few times a year and have a ton of fun. The second band I joined in response to an email sent to me by the drummer, who had seen my profile on a musician's website and was looking for a bassist. As it turned out, they were also looking for a singer, so for the first jam we were instruments only until the last half hour or so when I offered to sing until we found someone. After a few more practices the other guys in the band told me that they liked my voice and wanted me to just do the lead singing. So that's how it's been. We've been together for 9 months now, practice regularly, have played out a couple of times and we also have a ton of fun. My problem is I am worried that the singing is holding me back a bit in my bass playing. There are some songs that I play in Band A that I just cannot sing and play at the same time in Band B. Sometimes someone will suggest a new song and I'll take it home and play with it only to have to come back and tell them 'sorry guys... I can sing it and I can play it, but not at the same time'. There are other songs where I have to change the bass riff slightly or play it a bit more simply in order to be able to sing the song properly, which I hate. Anyway, everyone understands and is cool with it, but it still bugs me LOL. I'm also not sure whether playing and singing at the same time is actually helping or hurting my improvement on bass. On one hand practicing singing cuts into my bass concentration while practicing and when I am playing and singing I am definitely not playing the bass as well as I can when I am on bass alone. On the other hand playing and singing at the same time has provided me with a real challenge. For one thing, I don't have to look down at the neck and my left hand anymore. You cannot sing into the mic and look to the left at the same time Anyway, I am on the fence. Sometimes I think about asking the band to bring in a singer and other times I think I'd like to keep doing all the singing.