Hi everyone! I just bought myself a bass and I was told that this is a great place to get help, so here I am. Quick history: I took guitar lessons as a kid for about a year. Then took drum lessons for a couple months, stopped the lessons but continued playing drums for about 2 years. I'm now 30 and want to learn myself bass guitar. I still remember a little bit about reading music from my guitar lessons but that's about it. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a teacher yet since I work second shift and no one I can find does morning or Saturday lessons (I'll keep trying). However, until then, I'm teaching myself. I bought a book called "Bass Guitar Scale Manual" and I'm practicing the scales in it but the book seems a little weird. It has regular musical notation and tabs to show you where and what to play. But some of the tabs don't seem to jive with the notation. I took some pics of what I'm talking about: In the first pic, it shows the G as being played on the first string, first fret. Is that right? Isn't G just an open first string? The second pic shows some of the same notes from the first pic being played with different fingers. I guess this is just to practice all your fingers but what is the correct way to play? How do I know (when reading music) which fingers should play which notes? Please help! I'm confused! Thanks in advance.