Undoubtedly one of my biggest setbacks is that I can't tune my bass. I'm talking about normal E A D G tuning and trying to tune it by ear. So if you gave me an out of tune bass and said 'tune this without the aid of tuning device', I'd be stuck. Upon searching the archives here, someone mentioned using harmonics. I just tried it and it worked perfectly, I could tune each string relative to the other without a problem. However, it doesn't work if the strings are out of tune in the first place, so I'm back to square one. What do I do!? Is there some excercise to help me get over this or perhaps some little tune I can play that uses the open strings? I have tried ear tuner aids but I can almost never pick out notes individually. Which leads me to another question: Is it impossible for some people to pick out notes as they are instead of relatively to each other?