Ok so i have a lot of questions. Basically i'm in college and one of the "weaker" bass players in my year. I love music and go to practise 4 hours a day but my learning curve isn't the fastest. I just got my ass kicked at a jazz jam, oh my god the players are ahead of me. BUT i do now know how good i want to be and what i want to specialize in for now. My goal is to become a good fusion player. And by good i mean enough of a sight reader/player to eventually be good enough to be a studio musician. The reason i chose fusion is because i love the sound of bass in it, and it combines technicality, groove/feel and the whole "thinking" aspect in the music. But lets not get too ahead of ourselves. I need advice on how to become a better jazz player. I can walk over changes but not very well. I also want to be able to blow better. All this is to gain my goal. So if i were to give a list. -need to be able to walk over changes proficiently -Need to be able to blow proficiently -Need to be able to read A LOT better, (this is some of my biggest trouble) -Train my ear to be better - Slap better So far my favourite jazz/fusion players are JACO Stanley Clarke Paul Chambers Charles Mingus Ron Carter Steve Digiorgio (yes known for his metal but also a good fusion player) Is there any way i should study these players to get the most out of learning from them? Also i find there is so much to practise but i want to practise what will get me better and what is most important. Maybe it sounds egotistcal but i have a problem being mediocre, being able to play a blues or some classic rock covers is not good enough for me, its all or go home. I want to be the ****. Not for wrong reasons though, i promised myself that i ever get to the peak i want i will be a helpful teacher and share the knowledge i gain.