Well I thought since this is my first post on these forums, why not ask a few questions that's been on my mind the most! Also if this doesn't belong in this topic area I'm sorry. My first question is that I was thinking of getting a BFA in Bass (jazz) performance at my college (currently attending a cal. state school). I've been playing bass for about 3-4 years & I'm definately confident in my skills as a rock bassist, but my knowledge of jazz bass is really limited (other than the fact that I listen to jazz a lot). I don't know how to read bass music (but I can read guitar pretty proficiently), and I would start learning learning how to read if it wasn't for this. If i want to pursue bass bfa in jazz, I'd have to pick up double (standup) bass. Now, I really am not familiar with it at all, and if the notation is different than bass guitar, it really wouldn't help me with upright bass if i learned how to read bass guitar sheet music. I haven't even gotten through a year of college yet, so I do have time to work on double bass. My question is, are the notations different, &should I just start learning how to read bass guitar right now? Also, I'd probably have to buy a double bass, so what are some good/cheap ones? (bass guitar i know all about, this i'm reaching in the blind here lol)? Is it worth it to go to jazz bass seminars even thoguh I don't own an upright one? Sorry my questions are so boggled & the paragraph was muddy, I'm burnt out on 2 hours of shut eye. Many thanks to people that respond & offer help or any other suggestions!