I've been playing for just under 2 years. I've been play my conklin gt-7 for almost 10 months now, its not like its hard to play, or that i dont like playing it. I really enjoy playing a 7 string, my hands are big so they fit over the neck really nicely. I love being ablt to play the melody, chords, and bass lines for songs. I play it more like a piano that a "regular" bass what ever that means. but the thing is i feel like im kinda forcing my self to get used to the bass rather than just playin what im already comfortable with. I feel like i have a lot of time to really get used to the bass, but i feel like i should have gotten used to it by now. Maybe it was just a big just from 4 to 7. i dont know what is the learing curve to get really comfortable on a erb?