I took my bass out of the closet last month after an 8 year hiatus. I purchased a bass to play with a buddy of mine who playes guitar. He taught me enough so I could get by putting down a simple beat to what we were playing (mostly classic rock). Six months later we got another guitarist, and someone on drums, and came to my house every Saturday evening to Jam. The jam was actually have a beer, play a song, have another beer This went on for a couple years, until I moved into a more respectable neighborhood (and got married). Anyway, I just recently became interested in playing again. I hooked up with my guitar playing friend, and soon realized I am a terrible bass player. I cant afford lessons (2 young ones, and the wife stays home). I was thinking of purchasing a book, and maybe some instructional software. My endeavors of looking for these aids lead me to this forum. After reading posts for the past couple days, I think this is a good place for me to hang out. Anyone have any suggestions?