I've been playing bass for 3 years now, and have played for 5 professional musicals in Detroit, and 7 more non-professional. I love playing for theatres a great deal and have recently picked up a double bass to learn so I can open up even more shows to play for! I had to move and now play in a wedding band and still play musicals when I can.
I don't live in Chicago but I need quality lessons and it's my nearest big city.
When it comes down to it, creating music is not very easy for me. Putting the right spin on a piece of music handed to me has been easier for me since day 1. However, I did play guitar before I realized I was a bassist, and performed on stage in musicals for 15 years, so it all made sense to me. I'm not a fast sight reader, but that's not of the utmost importance to me right now. I see people like Anthony Wellington, Janek Gwizdala, Adam Nitti, (and many more I can't think of off the top of my head) and would love to be able to improv and even PLAY like that(chord melody, solos, slap). But I've always been self taught, so some type of guidance and structure to get there is what I'm looking for. I'm NOT looking for someone to read a book to me and have me do the exercises, I can do that at home. If I have an instructor like that there also needs to be an explanation of "why" I'm doing that and so forth.
I'm not necessarily looking to work on any double bass things with these lessons though, only advancing further with electric....for now.
I hope that helps.