For those of you who are aware of it, I'm using the Hal Leonard bass method. I've been working on it for several months by myself and got to exercise 75 or so. However, everything feels so disconnected from actually playing music. In addition, I find myself making mistakes when I occasionally go through previous exercises.
I'm not sure why that is nor how long I should spend on working on an exercise. Should I start from the beginning? Also, is there a better method book? Sometimes it feels like these exercises are arbitrary and there is no logical order to it. It's quite frustrating and makes me want to give up learning to sight read.
Could I please get some advice? A number of people have recommended learning to sight read so I'd like to give it an honest try even if my goals are predominantly to play along with songs I enjoy as well as may be jamming with friends.