So i'm a complete newbie. I've never actually played, and i can't read music. I'm a drummer, but i've always wanted to play the bass. Now this summer i'm gonna have plenty of time to spare and i thought it would be a nice time to start. Is it absolutely necessary to learn how to read score music? Is it a hard instrument to start playing (obviously real hard to master, but is it hard till u can actually play SOMETHING?) Do you recommend i attend lessons, or can i get by by using one of them "learn how to play bass" books? finally, for a total beginner, what bass/amp would u recommend? Cheers!