This has been on my mind for awhile, so I'll just throw it out there... I totally understand why tab is bad. TabEvil, fEd-up-with-tabqua, Mama Cass, Tard, Pac-fu, and Jazzbuddy (okay, I just used up all my fuquafication for today) -- anyway, they all make a good point. By reading tab, and bad internet tab at that, you rob yourself of building an ear. On the other hand, classical musos and people much more talented and accomplished than I, play by reading notation. Is getting an official band-score for your favorite album, and learning the bass lines from notation (ignoring the tab underneath, or even blocking it out with tape), is this such a bad thing? Is it basically still tab? Is it still cheating? I know that doing it by ear would always be better. But lets say I want to understand how Geddy gets that certain sound across... Is it so bad to get the book of notation, especially if I only have a small amount of time per day to practice?