I've been playing bass for a year or so with a band and we are actually pretty decent, in spite of my lack of skill on the bass. I know some basics, like major and minor chord structure and pentatonic scales from my time on the guitar...and really am just winging it. We play rock, blues tunes. I do have a good connection with our drummer on timing, so that helps. But I want to get a lot better, but don't have a ton of time to practice. So, my questions to you are: What are the two or three things you would do, if you were in my position, to significantly improve your playing? What exercise techniques or efforts will give me the most band for my buck (time)? And, what do you think are the least effective practice techniques...the ones I should completely avoid? What are the key principles for playing better bass guitar? Many thanks for taking a minute to answer this for me!