There is nothing on bass more frustrating for me than trying to read and play notes above, say, the 9th fret. Even though I "know" where the notes are, I just can't seem to keep from reaching too far from fret to fret. Since it's very rare in our church band for the bass to play anything above the third C (on a 5 string), I don't get very much practice in normal playing. I've tried things like playing along to MIDI's with lots of higher passages, but it just doesn't seem to get anywhere. Here I am playing a low F, when all of a sudden, here comes that dreaded high D-Eb-F-G run. And you can forget about anything above that G. Is there any decent way of learning this area of the fretboard in a way where it can be used practically. Yes, I know I'm the bass and I'm supposed to not pretend it's a guitar, but I'd kind of like to get better at this aspect of playing.