The purpose of my post is two-fold... one is to just say "hey", I'm new to the forums and it truly looks like you have a cool bunch of people here! Also, I'm new to the bass and wanted to get some tips/things to avoid from the more seasoned players/members out there. I've been a drummer for about nine years and, as a result, have developed a solid rhythmic sense - that part of the bass comes easy. However, this is my first STRINGED instrument (please spare me the "welcome to a real instrument jokes" ). Anyhow, I've been playing about one month and am taking to the instrument relatively quickly and I just love it! I guess what I am looking for is advice as far as practicing: approach to practice and what has helped you be the most productive and advance quickly in your studies. I've made an effort to be tough on myself early as far as hand positioning, proper posture etc. I am playing finger style on a 34" scale 2-octave (24 fret) 4 string Schecter Stiletto bass. Thanks in advance for your help and it's good to be here!