Am I a freak? An idiot?? On the wrong path??? Eating too many carrots??? All four?!?! The thing is, that I took up bass playing fairly late...after being a hobby guitarist on and off for decades. One day, somebody needed a bass player in their band, and asked if I'd like to give it a try. It's been a love affair with the instrument every since. I also love composing; writing songs is a blast. I now find myself in four original bands(!), that are in various states of activity, and I have so many original songs running around in my head, and that I need to learn/stay sharp with, that there is just no time for studying other bassists styles or learning covers. Nothing against those who know tons of covers, and make money and have fun doing so. I'm just hoping this isn't stunting my learning curve on the instrument, but it's just too much fun for me to create music. Anybody else take this kind of path?