Lately I'm trying to pick up the bass more often while I'm out of a band but trying to get more involved with home recording/recording myself (as "decent" as I think I am I still shudder a bit at the thought. ...it feels awkward.) . One thing with me as far as playing is I feel like bass is so nebulous when it comes to practicing compared to horn. I'm much faster on horn and I have a much more fluid understanding of playing that I feel like as much as I'm trying to branch out on bass, I'm not sure what good it's doing. Right now I take the bass out of the case, don't bother plugging in, and start playing. I play all sorts of song/riff ideas. Then I run through basic scales (major minor) and basic arpeggios. Cleanliness of playing I try to emphasize. Then I usually put on a couple tunes on YouTube and play along. Could be a movie soundtrack, could be metal. ..I just try to follow because I think my relative pitch is pretty good. If a tune is downtuned I try to ignore it and octave up the parts I don't have. I have a bass exercise book for dummies but I honestly haven't gotten too far. I'm going for a nightly 20 minutes routine on weeknights and an hour on weekend days. Anyhow. ...what would you guys recommend? I know I can "play" and fit a bill. ....but I want to get better than my "average". If not for a bands sake for my own.