I have to say that the single most important thing I've done to improve my bass skills has been getting out and playing regularly with others. I see so many new bassists getting stuck in Riff Hell. You know the type - they can slam out wonderful fragments of catchy songs, but they're totally lost when it comes to basic timekeeping and interacting with other players. Lucky for me, my regular guitarist is quite skilled and not at all egotistical. He throttles way back for my benefit, and he's good at finding simple, catchy stuff for us to play that is within my meager capabilities. I know that when I came back to bass last year, I was at a total loss on what to learn how to play, and was well on the way to becoming a riff monster before my friend saved me. How 'bout we start a thread with simple songs that a beginner can handle when playing with a guitarist - I-IV-V stuff and staying within the box. It's the kind of stuff that teaches basic theory in a way that really sinks in. No tab needed, either - just your ears and the chord changes. Some easy beginner stuff: Tom Petty - Freefallin' (Petty is a goldmine for newbies, I've found) Cracker - Teen Angst Collective Soul - December Who's next?