Can I just say this book is awesome - I've been playing for about 15 odd years and never learned to play bass from staff notation. I have started teaching my students from this book recently, and working through it by myself have got through the entire first book in one day because it's so well laid out. It'll take students longer no doubt but I've made several attempts to learn to read and all of them up til this have failed miserably. If you are wanting to learn to read and want to get results rather than frustration then I recommend this book. I have a load of jazz transcriptions that are all in staff notation which I've been dying to be able to play for ages and if I can make it through all three of these books I may stand a chance. Brilliant book and great playalong tracks.