Bass tips?

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Bass tips?

So basically I've been trying to learn bass since last summer, I've been playing guitar for 5 years so it wasn't hard to pick it up. But when it comes to guitar and you're trying to figure a song out you generally listen to the song and try to copy whatever the guitarist is doing. With bass it's not that easy; guitars are generally the most prominent in songs, next to the vocals and drums. Obviously bass is important, it stops the guitars making the song sound too pitchy and keeps the beat like the drums do but it's a lot harder to notice unless you listen very carefully. And I really do like playing bass but there's certain songs where the bass line is harder than others and even harder when you listen to the song and try to hear those parts clearly so you can try to play them. You know some songs are ridiculously easy and some you're just like "Damn! I didn't know their bassist was that good! How can I play that!?". It's weird, I sometimes meet up with these other kids that play guitar and sing and I'm always the one who ends up with the bass but I'm not as good as they think I am, so I really wanna improve my playing. I want a bass for Christmas (that bass in the picture isn't mine) and I want to understand it some bit before I get it cause I'm just sorta teaching myself here. So yeah, any bassists got any advice?