Greetings all. I've lurked around for along time on this side ( mainly thinking - " Gee these guys are smart. Not like the turkeys on the BG side. " ) and after much listening I've decided to undertake the massive project of becoming a bassist. ( Stupid Dave Holland Quintet. Inspire me will ya ? Why I oughta ... ) Anyway, as I now need to start the funding project to get this plan into action I was seeking advice for things to do that would help bass playing without needing a double bass, specifically in 2 areas: 1) I understand that BG is significantly different from DB, but would it be worth it for me to continue playing and practicing BG while saving my pesos, or would it be more effective to go sink my head into a theory book ? 2) It seems DB is a massive physical undertaking as well ( blisters, weak fingers, etc. ) Does anyone have any recommendations as to what to do to make the inevitable pain pass quicker ? ( Other than copious amounts of malt liqour. ) I suppose I should mention that I do a whole world of jazz listening and a fair amount of classical listening ( mmmm..... Shostakovich ) Thank-you in advance for what will undoubtedly be some enlightening and enormously helpful responses.