Hi All. I've been playing a while (a couple years), but haven't had any formal instruction. I'm thinking about taking lessons, but it is costly. Anyway, what is the reason for learning scales? Does it really make it that much easier to figure out a song? I'm just a casual player, not in a band or anything. If I hear a song I like, I'll sit down and figure it out, but it takes me awhile unless it's really easy. Will learning scales speed up this process? I only know the major scale now, but am learning more. I am also learning to sight read standard bass notation (not tab) from sheet music. Also, can anyone recommend a good book or book/cd combo from which to learn? I have a book called "Serious Electric Bass" by Joel DeBartolo. A great book, but slow going for me. I think I just need to spend more time with it, and my reading will get better. Are there any complete courses out there for electric bass? Thanks in advance.