I have been playing bass since Christmas. I am learning on my own because I currently do not have the schedule to have a teacher (though I hope to down the road). I have taught myself to play the 7 different modes up and down the next in different keys. I also know my major and minor and dim chord shapes to go along with them. I am also feeling pretty good at being able to quickly get to any note on any string of the fretboard. I know there is a lot more work still to be done with scales (blues scale, penatonics.. so on), cords, arpeggios and I will work towards getting more familiar to those and adding those to my arsenal. I have received the advice of taking time during practice to work on songs (while doing these other things). I obviously can figure out how to pick-up tab and figure out how to PLAY the song, but I am assuming I should also be reading into the song and studying it to learn more about how the song was created and why it sounds good. I guess what I am trying to say is study what the "method to the madness" was. Can anyone walk me through about a good way of doing this and what I should be taking away from each song I learn? As always, thank you very much for your knowledge, advice, and support!