I just turned 40...I used to play guitar when I was in my teens. I just started playing bass a year ago and I love it! I cant believe I didnt do this earlier its like this instrument was made for me! anyway I am learning scales and chords along the way. mostly now I am just learning songs...I probably learned about 60 songs in the last year. anyway it was hard getting through a song when I first started till I built up hand strength. now I can get through almost anything...one example is dazed and confused. you know during the guitar solo JPJ does E 5-7 A 5-7 D 5-7 over and over again for like 3 days? I can do it perfect for like half way through that....then I just cant make it through it! do you ever build up enough strength were that does not bother you or do I just have some carpal tunnel from years of dealing in a casino and will never get through that? If your hand is killing you halfway through something how do cover it up? usually as long as I am moving my hand around nothing bothers me....its only when I have to stay in the same position for 3 minutes really fast like that dazed and confused part where it bothers me.