What do you think are the first 5 things every beginning bass players must learn list? For me its: 1. Tune by ear, useing pitch fork, pitch pipe or ref tone from keyboard. Along with tuning the rest of strings by ear via fretted ref note on next thickest string. 2. Play notes cleanly on all strings on all the frets. It doesnt matter what order you do this in. Just that you actively play notes on all the frets and all the strings. This is learning to do basic fretting and note striking with fingers or pick. 3. Action set up. To best personal taste. Ones taste my change over time. But only you can do best setup for you. 4. Pickup adjustment for best sound by ear. & how to change strings 5. Rhythm feel and ability. This can be by dance, hand shakers, playing randomly (note wise) in rhythm along with a drum machine or other music. Groove is number one, wether melodic, arp based, chordal, single or two note simplicity, or otherwise, rhythm is key. Id follow this with a couple fave songs learning. Along with comping rhythm grooves ad lib but in specified scales. And learning basic rhythm meters, quarter and 16 note etc etc basics. I dont place this techy type stuff in top five for rhythm meters cause I think its best to have the person just feel the rhythm and go with it. Basic instrument maintanence should prob be in their to. Simple things like check for loose screws and nuts. Ive seen too many reviews where newbie declared a bass defective cause it had a loose screw or nut. Or they lived with the input jack falling off now and then or knob that turns infinately which cause sound to stop being produced if they spin knob around too many times. But somehow I just feel that if a peep is old enough to learn bass playing they should have allready learned how to use a screwdriver and pliers. So left it out of the list ~ So what would you list as first 5 things for a newbie to learn?