I've been playing for a little while now it'll be 1 year next month. I know after such a short time I'm not going to be some monstrous beast because guitar and bass take a lifetime to master, but I definitely think I'm not as good as I think I should be. When I first started I thought scales and all that theory stuff is just nonsense. I still think a good amount of it is, but I go and do scales and variations of them all the time, but it doesn't seem to help anything. My fingers don't stretch farther, they aren't more accurate or faster, and I can't pluck any faster. But I will say I can mute strings with my thumb much better now so that's good. Whenever I'm in a bad mood playing usually helps people. Sometimes it does, but other times I just mess up on things I think should be simple and I get even angrier. I do t know what I should be doing. I do scales and arpeggios and all that and play songs. songs I try to learn I know I can't play but I slow them down, but I can't speed them up. It seems to me no matter what I do nothing works. I never et better. It's like I started, got a little bit better then plateaued since I don't know how long ago. I can practice for hours on end, and I have before but it doesn't matter. I've played scales while watching Morbid Angel's Live Madness DVD up to 3 times in a row before. Nothing. I was just trying to play a few minutes ago. I was getting really irritated, and I'm sure other people do this when they're mad they hit something naturally out of anger, so I slapped my bass really hard and I ripped my strap by accident. Don't worry I slap the bass on the end of the fretboard so I don't damage my bass. But my hand hurts pretty good. I don't know I don't want to give up, but it just pisses me off how I can never meet my own standards no matter how low I drop them.