Hi all. Please go easy on my for this one. I really am trying... After playing BG for a number of years, I've gotten my first DB. I know I'll never be a Mingus, but regardless of that, I'm having a go of it. First- I never learned to read treble clef, let alone bass clef, but I've made my own flash cards and I'm attempting to rectify that situation in a big hurry. Second- The only music classes I ever had were those offered in my public school eons ago, and even then I never took anything after 8th grade. So needless to say I've checked out half my local library's worth of music theory DVDs, and books (Dummy-series books, Simandl courses, Jazz theory books, etc.). I am what you might classify as an "80's/90's punk that recently found a new home in Jazz". But I digress... Believe it or not, I found a local guitarist via Craigslist that's in the same boat musically. He's from more or an industrial music background, but we're both recently hooked on Jazz and trying to mend our musical ways by actually learning all of that which we once abhorred ("theory"). Anyway, I suggested we both try and learn what I thought was a simple swing/jazz number called "Beyond The Sea" by Bobby Darin to cut our teeth on so to speak. Which leads me to my problem: Bass clef transcription. Ok, so it's not technically transcription, since I found the piano sheet for the song and it has the bass clef. My problem comes down to what I am assuming is ear? When the sheet says "A", which A should it be? Obviously it can't be an A on the G if the song calls for something low, but which low? How do you know if it's supposed to be an open A string or something around E5? It's all a bit of a black art at this point. I really *do* want to learn, it's just a matter of knowing the correct terms to Google. I'm in my mid-30's, kids, wife, career (outside of music obviously), so I don't have the time or extra money to go back to school for music. If one of you could help point me in the right direction it would be GREATLY appreciated.