Why learn bass ? Become popular with other musicians. Bass players are always in demand!
I teach the Four or Five string. The four is adequate for most purposes. Most music pre 90's would be on a Four. A lot of bass is functional to be polite. I generally teach lines by recognised great bass players. Paul maca, James jamerson for instance or individual pieces that are interesting.
If you are in Coventry Kenilworth Solihull Bedworth Rugby you may like to journey to guitartuitioncoventry.com for Bass guitar lessons. Bass players are thin on the ground but decent teachers even more so. I treat the Bass as different instrument to the guitar because its is. Not so much in terms of playing the strings but in its function. The bass is there to join the rhythm to the harmony and support the song.