Ok so i bought a Fender Squire Vintage modified 70s Jazz bass a few months back. I started taking a few lessons. The teacher said i had good fingering, i can read music farely well after and even before the lessons. I went to my local music store to get the book he taught out of. Then i realized the next few lessons he just reads straight out of the book. That simple. So i didnt go to lessons that often. I think it was because i lost interest in it. I have found myself listening to more music and wanted to play bass again. I have some friends who are starting a band. and i am their bassist(probably why i picked up bass). I was wondering what should i start off with? Just keep going through the book?I also want to learn to play some by ear. can any one help with that. Just any tips for a begginner will help. I also cant take bass lessons anymore.. they were too expensive and didnt fit my schedule. I also wanted to know why do some of you play bass?