So I've been playing for a couple of years. A little while ago I decided to seriously work on reading/theory. So I pulled out Ed Friedland's Hal Leonard bass method . With my technique already down, the progress I made was amazing - within a week I was functionally reading (I did take some piano lessons when I was really young, but I was basically starting over). It's been a really excellent method, would recommend it to anyoneanyone. I like how the clips he chooses alternate between being hard to read to focus on that part and being more groove-focused. I'm coming to the end of the 3rd book now and need some suggestions on where to go from here. I checked out the book list sticky but didn't get much from it. I'd like to learn more about building funk, rock, soul/R&B, blues etc lines from a more formal perspective. Chord structures, how to play something other than the root when you first get a chord chart. And definitely more reading and general applied theory practice. Can anyone point out some good books to tackle this stuff? I already have Standing in the Shadows of Motown and it's a GREAT book - incredible grooves and fairly challenging reading.