I didn't really want to be influenced by the 'establishment'. That's the problem with the curriculums of most colleges. They're teaching the same thing that they've been teaching for 100 years. But curriculums are 'living', 'breathing' entities. They shouldn't be stagnant. Curriculums should always be evolving. We shouldn't be doing ANYTHING like they were doing it 100 years ago,...building cars, building airplanes, running governments, teaching music, etc,...
I decided that I was gonna' teach myself based on efficiency and logic. And that became the core foundation of the Bassology curriculum.
And now other teachers and colleges are using(and stealing) my methods. Some of them give me credit and some of them don't. Victor always gives me credit when teaches a method of mine. And trust me, it's a huge honor when one of the best musicians on the planet uses your methods to teach.
He just taught at Berklee last weekend. He called me that morning to ask about teaching my curriculum. One of the best bass players on the planet who was teaching at one of the best music colleges on the planet and he was using my method. He blew them away with it!!!
That says it all!!!