I've been playing in a celtic/punk outfit wherein the other members (drums, guitar, fiddle and mando) are all much more skilled and experienced at their respective instruments than I. I've been playing bass off and on for the last eight years (I started at either 13 or 14 and I'm just shy of 23 now) but my skill level is nowhere near where it should be for that time frame. I haven't had a lesson in close to five years. Which brings me to my next point: I've been given a month to shape up or ship out. These guys are known for their live show and I'm still struggling with memorizing the songs. I've decided to undertake a month of intense training and practising. I'm trying to sign up for 2-3 pro lessons per week, my s/o is going to teach me some basic theory and work on my finger technique whenever we have the time and I have about 2 hours of band practice weekly. This just leaves me with the 8 or so hours I'm hoping to practice on my own each week. I've come here to ask of you all the following, out of your own personal experience: What exercises do you favour when you're limbering up your hands/warming up? What techniques do you use when memorizing? I'm finding rote memorization and reading tab/notation really ineffectual. What are some good songs/scales/whatever! for the punk/rock/celtic&trad styles would you recommend? I appreciate any sort of input whatsoever, so thank you!