Practicing scales are useless if I don't apply them to songs or anything. I don't know WHAT to practice. I figured maybe learning YYZ by Rush would be considered "practice", but no point if I don't know what the heck Geddy is doing and why certain notes go with certain patterns and such. I'm impatient. Christmas concert on Christmas Eve saw an incredible band playing a jazz version of Joy to the World and Hark the Herald Angels Sing...I focused on the bass player and he was walking all over the fretboard and it sounded GOOD. Thing is, I know him and I've been playing bass longer than him but he told me he practiced like crazy. He never told me WHAT he practiced or how long, he just did. I'm so frustrated. I can't sound as good as him...or anyone really. Why have two basses when I can't even play the damn instrument?