Hey Ive been playing bass for about a year (6string brice through hartke kickback 15). I want to get a good idea of how I'm doing (of course everything is relative, but...) in comparisonwith other rookies. So, this is an overview of my "repertoire" (fancy, aint it ) So post yours too. (vets can comment of course!) Feel free to tell me what I should be focussing on or keep working at. Scales: Majors and Minors (and their construction, i dont remember all of the notes in each scale, but i could figure it out in about a minute without looking at the bass) Modes and relatives (m and M) (not necessarily how to apply them, but im working on it, i just started in a jazz group cuz i taught myself some jazz and notation reading) Multi fingers: 2 pretty fast either warm and groovy or clunky and agressive. Triplets with 3 (or just fast a la claypool slidin) and 4 fingers pretty good, not sheehan, but that kind of style (and when i had my blonde ponytail before i played bass I looked a lot like him ) Slap: well, i learned by playing TOmmy the Cat by primus (one of my first songs on bass). I dont know a lot, but i can play (1/4 heartedly) cant hold no groove or me and my bass guitar by wooten (not even close to him, but the style at like 1/4 speed) and i can do bassic slap stuff too. Primus is pretty much easy for me now cuz thats my style, not much movement in the hands Tapping: I can do moonlight sonata (a la stu hamm) and i can play through NV43345 at near full speed (my bass is a six strign and with semi mid action). I can also play eruption tapping part (if that means anything). I can also play sexually active (hamm) and some stuff from sheehans other solos. harmonics: i can play nats (of course) and can play tap harmonics easily and pinch harmonics on call (pretty fast). I can also kinda do the sheehan thing where you do left hand tapping and pulling off hard while resting fingers on the high end of the string to make really fast harmonics (nv has some of that). Also i can do some chords with art harmonics (nat ones give me some trouble, but may be the bass). Groove: well i play a lot of jazz, latin or melow and I can play sabbath stuff (Bassically, nib, war pigs, etc) with good feel and timing. Blues i can do too (theory behind that too). Metal: I can play fast, but i cannot necessarily shred as my left hand speed isnt as good as my right hand Strumming: can pla chords easily, i even use my fingernail like a pick to do flamenco (anyone else do that?) to try some al di stuff (not yet though) and i know a lot of tunes and write some tunes for my band (starting at least, metal with some complex guitar and bass). for reference, never had lessons, and just have two books (Al di meola tabs w/ electric rendezvous, etc and Jazz Bass). And i have a fakebook. Thats it...so for reference, Im not perfect at any of these things, some are better than others and none are as good as they could be (it may sound harder or better than it really is). So, I'm not trying to show off, I DO spend about 6 hours per day sometimes just playing bass. I use powertab (helps alot). I do neglect schoolwork (and somehow i got into university of toronto, who knew :/). Im in a rock band (only gigged 2x, once i just sang, second we just played enter sandman and foxy lady (which i sang and played for). ok, i know i do flashy stuff, but im not really as good as i seem, there are so many people better than me and i have bad habits (letting strings ring, etc). Im not a very accurate clean player, but i just work on chops (or theory whichever i feel like at the moment). So, people, get crackin'....and if i soundlike an *******, its unintentional, I just like input and i would also like to know if there are any good things i should remember, career or technique wise?