Similar to the thread started below, I am a new starter to the bass and am in dire need of help with most things. I'm currently borrowing an amazingly useless bass guitar (bad make I'm guessing, but don't ask me!) which isn't helping; but a good workman never blames his tools! So it could all just be me (despite a huge crack across the back of the fret board). Unlike the person down below I haven't been doing music for most of my life. I haven't any musical training in any instrument and this is the first time I've shown any sort of aptitude for a musical instrument. All I have to recommend me is a serious love for all things bass, and a lot of motivation. So brief hints or pointers anyone with more brains and practice than me can give will be very much welcome. Just things that you all probably take for granted like; tuning, scales, various tab notation, methods of playing different genres, etc. Please please help me. I quote the great Jack Nicholson, "I'm drowning here, and you're describing the water!" Thanx for your time!