Hello, guys. I'm new to the forums, so I don't know the layout of everything and whatnot. I'm also new to playing the bass, and I don't know where to start! I hope that fellow members, teachers, and awesome players can give me some advice for me on what to work on. About myself Previous instrument: ex-piano player who played for 7+ years (not very well, though. I just recently learned all my scales and how to play correctly/cleanly) Current bass: Left-handed Fender Mexican Jazz Bass, 4-string; played for a couple of weeks Occupation: A pre-med student in a university, so I don't have much time to dedicate for the bass. Knowledge of music theory Scales: I know all of the major/minor scales and their key signatures. I haven't applied all of them on the bass yet (Doing my major scales for the time being, about to move onto F# major).I don't know what "dorian" or "myxolyodian" are and how/when to start them, and how much time that I can dedicate to them. I have no idea what modes are and how much time that I should spent on them as well. Chords: I have some slight ideae on what a E#7 (and augmented, diminished, etc.), but I don't know how many chords that I should learn in a day and in what order. Style: I only know classical pieces from piano. I kinda lack the creative thought of improvising but am trying to work on it. I never played jazz or blues before. Notes: I can read notes, piano keys (you guys ever heard of Synthesia?), and tabs very well. I cannot read chords. Ear-training: I AM TERRIBLEEEEEEE at it. This is my biggest regret in piano; I wish that I started with my last piano teacher when I was young. So far, I'm resorting to good-ear.com for ear-training, but if you guys have any other tips, please give me your advice. Terminology: I know basic terms, like Adagio and Vivace, for piano, but I barely know guitar terms, like hammer-ons, etc. Is there a nice dictionary/lesson plan to learn these terminologies? Other accessories: Amp: Have a basic amp. Strap: Don't have any. Metronome: Don't have any. Should I get one? Suggestions: Please give me suggestions on what accessories/equipment that I should get to make me better. My daily schedule for piano was like this: Practice my piano finger (Czerny) exercises and all major, minor, minor harmonics, and minor melodic scales (around 1-2 times each; going up and down and sometimes doing variations of them) and my piano finger exercises for 20 minutes. Then, worked on different pieces (usually 2) and dedicated about 20-40 minutes each for them (depending on how many pieces that I'm working on). That's my hour per day at my peak of piano in high school, but I might have to condense my practices to 30 minutes per day, now that I'm in college. Do you guys have any suggestions on my schedule? So far, it takes me about: 20 minutes to work on scales and finger exercises on bass. 40 minutes working on singing and playing bass at the same time. If you guys have any advice for practicing in singing, please tell me! I know that sight-singing is a very valuable skill and requires some ear-training T^T Please give me your input and knowledge of your experiences. Thank you! I'm not really sure what direction that I should go for bass. Should I buy a bass learning book? Do you guys recommend any? (Also, for extra information, I'm returning to parent's house in winter break, so I'm going to be jamming with the piano and might play around with my brother's guitar).