I got a new bass instruction book that my bass teacher suggested would be a better method for me than the book I had at first. Since I've only been learning bass since about mid-May, the book is very basic and elementary...yet, fun with a bit of humor in it. The very first page of this new book says, "Your bass is your friend... An instrument can be like a good friend through the years- get you through the rough times and help you sing away the blues. So, before we get started, give your new four-stringed friend a name." So, just wondering what people here have named their basses. (My sincere apologies if this thread has been done before.) I don't have a name for my bass as of yet, but I'm definitely feeling the bit about it getting you through rough times! My bass teacher had asked me how I'd been since the last lesson. I told him about something sad that happened to my family in the past week but added, that's why practicing bass is a good idea... it doesn't stress me out.