Hey there, Ok, so here is where I am at. I attempted to play bass back in high school. Had a band with some friends, we never really played anywhere just made a bunch of noise jamming and pretending to be rock stars. Sold everything went to college and that was that. In my late twenties I missed having a bass around to tinker with so I bought a cheap one and through my thirties I would learn a couple songs (using internet tab and headphones) here and there. Just having fun playing along to my ipod. I would play for a few weeks then get busy and leave it for weeks at a time and then come back sort of cycle. For my fourty-third birthday my wife enrolled me in the League of Rock which is like a pick up hockey league for musicians. A ten week program that fits you into a band and has you rehearsing, recording and playing in a band live. It was an incredible experience. So much fun that my band and I are continuing on and are back for another session in the league. My frustration is my ear, I have never been able to hear a song and be able to pick out the notes or key or that. If I see a decent tab, I can often pick up the bass part. So far that is where I am. I have often wondered if I am tone deaf although I dont think so, because I can hear it when I play a bad note. I would love to be able to listen to a song and have some idea where to start to learn it. Am I alone with this problem? I love playing but when the band says "lets try this" I am totally lost until I can sit down and look up some tabs or have them call out the root notes.