After roughly 40+ years away from bass I picked it back up. This time I have the time and resources to "do it right". So I took the advice of my fellow TBer's + my gut and after a few years have a general knowledge of how to read notation and theory, always used an degreed bass instructor, KNOW my fret board, notes and the other basics - In fact I currently play with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Adult Jazz Ensemble in which we play out quite often. The latter in all this is to learn the genre as I'm not committed to any, I just like to play. To further round out my education I've been in search lately for a classic rock, blues or country band as playing live with others is in itself a great education. I'm finding that this is easier said than done; Therapy session; Where the heck do I find bands who want to have fun but are serious about putting in their time to practice and are serious about rehearsals? Guitar players?; Is it normal that many do not know their fret board and could actually have no clue what the name of the chord is they are playing or what key they are in? AND they have supposedly "YEARS of experience"? Drummers?; ***! I have to be honest - I'm kind of in shock. I hope I'm going about this all wrong or expecting to much to soon.