How many of you taught yourselves how to play? Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to learn from a master, or even a self-proclaimed professional. A few years ago some guys and I were at a party I threw and we had some accoustic guitars. Both of them played regularly, and I messed around with them on occassion. I didn't know that one of them was a spoken word artist or writer, but we came up with 3 songs that night that really blew people away. 3 guitars were too many, we only needed a rhythm and a lead, and I had no intentions of touching a drum kit. I was kind of thrown into the roll of bassist that night. The next week I went out and bought a used Peavey Milestone for cheap and sat down with it. I had noone to really turn to to learn except 2 guitar players. Admittidly one had played bass off and on for a few years, but neither of them were really good at it. I learned to play from those two, and even to this day I have a touch of guitarist in my style. I never got past finger picking or just standard picking, since neither of them really knew how to slap or tap or even pop properly. Do you think that this has cramped my bass playing ability? Should I scratch what I have learned and start over and take some lessons from a bassist? Or will this just add to my current style? I've never really been able to talk to other bassists, even at our shows, mainly because I feel like an idiot.