I've been playing bass for a little more than a year. Up to this point, all the songs i know, i've learned from tabs. IMO, that was a fatal mistake. I know a lot of the songs i learned i probably wouldn't have been able to get just by listening, it can get hard to detect every note that comes from the bass when everything is going on. right now i'm in the stage where i'm trying to tab out songs by ear, it's tough, and i still refer to tabs when it gets too busy, but my question is how long after you started playing could you play by ear?