I started bass in 05 when I got tired of searching for players. You tube is your friend for learning. I started off with lessons from a local guy for a couple months to get me headed in the right direction, for the past two years this has been my main “go to” guy: For gear I have finally settled on a Mesa D800 and a SVT4x10 cab (I picked up used) and refuse to play in ANY band situation with less than a 4x10. Don’t forget good quality strings make a difference. Other than that, be patient and have fun!