I've been struggling to get together a practice routine that will help me prepare for starting a rock band. I'm working my way through Willis's Fingerboard Harmony for Bass, building speed on my arpeggios (but keeping them clean), and going through the circle of fifths finding the note on each string. So far this is what my teacher and I have worked on. But I'm worried. Is this enough? Is there more I could be doing? Are there some practice exercises that have proved to be great at building the skills needed in a rock band? After each practice session I have this nagging feeling that I could be doing more, a lot more, to prepare myself for a band. But I don't know what. I know I should be transcribing songs, like Ramble On, but is that enough? Maybe it is, seeing as how that's how most pro rock bassists learned (from reading interviews). Thanks for the help. I feel I'm a little lost, and it's difficult to get my teacher to see that I'm not really "getting it" yet. He keeps telling me to just get out there and play. I know that's good advice, but first I want to be prepared, so as not to make a fool out of myself. Maybe next lesson I'll put him on the spot and see if I can get him to hammer out a routine for me, but it probably won't happen. That's why I'm asking here. What do you do in your routine that you've found has really helped once you're with the band? Thanks!