I really need some advice on this one. Basically I've been looking at myself as a bass player. I love my instrument dearly but it's my development as a bass player which worries me the most. I'm basically turning into my worst nightmare idea of a bass player. I play at a fairly standard level and enjoy what I do, but my major fear is that I am going to end up being one of these bass players who can play wonderfully, but can't read music or write a bassline at all. I fear being the bass player I dread being, a parrot who recites tunes and then walks off with no sense of music as a systen and a means of creativity. I also feel that I've come to the bass too late and that all the options open to me will stifle my development as a player. What advice can you guys offer me? I love my instrument and would hate to have to give up any hopes of performance or playing gigs simply because of this.