Little background.... I've been playing bass since September. Spent a few weeks on my own learning my way around. Spent a lot of that time learning the Major and Minor scale pattern and playing that up and down the neck. Finally got some lessons and and took them for two months. They were good and it helped me but I just couldn't afford it anymore. Money is tight. During that time I learned some good stuff. Some 12 bar blues stuff. He also had me playing the natural scale in all the different positions. It definitely familiarized myself with the freboard more. I wish I could have kept going because I also went in telling him I wanted to learn to read notation. I could tell he was headed that way but we never made it there. So now I want to learn on my own. I've been just trying to familiarize myself with the bass clef and what the notes are. I was wondering if you had any suggestions to help me learn more. I was also thinking about taking some scales. Say the C and G Major....Take it and transcribe it into notation and then playing it on my bass and saying the notes as I play them while focusing on the notation. Would that help? I just need some direction. I'm started to feel really limited by TAB. Yeah, I've been using them to have some fun and play some songs too. I've learned a handful of songs from TAB. Anyways, I just need to free myself and start reading music. Seems like a tough chore without lessons.