Go Steve! I think a lot of folks miss out on the fact that it is just plain out FUN when you get that groove and swing working and the bass surrounds you like a big warm blanket and it just moves you in some kind of unseen feedback mechanism.... Love that feeling! DOn't work on being pro anything, just have fun and pretty soon, you will arrive to the point where you are way better than when you started then stop, and allow yourself a smile! You will NEVER arrive, only reach a level of comfort and understanding of how it works that lets you take on new styles a bit easier. Well, I dropped back in here to share with the OP and others this gem from one of my biggest bass influences of all times... Derek Forbes of Simple Minds! (listens for the echos of 'WHO????!!!') This man can lay down a groove, make it interesting, has monster tone, and it is easy enough to pick up for even a beginner bassist. But man, if you don't find yourself swinging with the beat on this one, you might not be cut out for the bass..... The words are apocolyptic and the guitar is a bit loud for me, and it's a bit faster than the album version, but this lets you see the fingering going on. Notice how tight he and Brian McGhee (the drummer) are! They work like one unit with sledgehammer effect. This is what a bass is for. An extension of the drums and a solid foundation for the rest of the group. But more than that, he carries the whole song. Forget the whole notion that a bass is a second class instrument! EDIT: At the end, notice who calls the end of the song and cues the drummer! That's right, buddy! The BASS Player! It also illustrates a technique that a lot of beginning bassists I have worked with don't recognize at first, and that is making full use of the open strings to make for some really funky changes, real easy! This is a perfect example as Derek makes full use of the open 'A' string as he bounces back and forth between it and the fretted notes. So easy, but so sweet sounding! And watch for the slide on the Low 'E' at the end... A little flange on there and it makes a sweet sounding growl! Enjoy!