I've been playing for about eight months now, though I have a background in other instruments so I'm more advanced than I would seem by experience alone. I've been working on learning some fun songs after I work through my technique stuff (scales, arpeggios, and dexterity work). The problem is, I love funk bass lines. These lines tend to have a lot of large intervals, complex rhythms, and lack repetition. For example, I'm trying to work out this bass line (though its played on the saxophone): http://youtu.be/d9UJm23XegI It's essentially a solo! My concern is that I shouldn't be trying to tackle such a complex piece right now, and that I'm frustrating myself and wasting time by doing so. Should I try to figure out some easier music and build myself up to this kind of line, or is it good to jump in the deep end and force myself to learn how to deconstruct these parts? And if so, do you have any recommendations for how to do that other than taking it slow?