I'm glad that I had previously played the guitar. It gave me the basic songwriting tools, and it's fun. Just because I'm getting ready to take serious Jazz lessons, I'm not going to quit playing guitar. I love playing Rock guitar, and am proud of my "street" chops. No, I don't play Bass with a pick, and I'm in love with the instrument, but that idea that I'm "just a guitar player" isn't an issue to me. Why do dedicated bass players frown upon guitar players who, after years of guitar playing, realize that they actually have the feel of a bass player, and adjust accordingly? We just made a mistake about our aptitudes at the beginning. This is all rhetorical. Bass playing makes me happy. I just don't want to feel discouraged by the idea that I'm not a "real" bassist while getting ready for the physical and psychological challenges of a serious teacher. Peace, and play on!!