Just a comment to the more experienced users (not sure if this is the right forum): I've noticed that a lot of times when someone new asks a really basic question, like "What kind of bass should I get?" "How high should I wear my bass?" or "What's the best hand position for..." or something along those lines, a lot of people give answers along the lines of "Try x, y, and z, and see which one works best for you." Even though there is some wisdom in that kind of answer, there's a problem with it, too. Learning to play the bass involves a certain amount of physical discomfort. But some aspects of playing are supposed to be uncomfortable when you start, because you're trying to train your hands to do things or take positions which aren't natural. As a newbie, what I found hardest was learning the difference between the kind of physical difficulty you should expect at first (and hopefully work through) and the kind that means you're doing something wrong. For example, for me, it was a challenge just trying to develop a four-fret span. Had I stayed with what felt the best at first, I'd still be playing three frets on one string. But there's a difference between the pain I felt in my fretting hand before it became more agile and the pain I felt in my wrist from having the bass slung too low. More experienced players already know that kind of thing, and that's the kind of thing us newbies need to hear.