This hypothetical question was put forward in another thread - one that I was not a participant in but that I read (obviously.) It brought to mind (again) a fact that concerns me. Namely, that I have no ******* idea what I would say or do if someone asked me a question like that. Admittedly, I'm a novice, but whenever people go off talking about chords and keys and theory I am just baffled because it seems so foreign to me. How much should it concern me, as a beginning bass player, that I have virtually no formal music training on any instrument prior to now? I'm not whining. I'll be learning these things over time. Sometimes it just seems a bit overwhelming when I consider all that I have to learn.