Originally Posted by nostatic
Really. He is that good, and it can change your playing, and by extension, your life. It's never too late to start (I'll be 51 later this month).
Todd - I want to second your comments. I had my first lesson with Ant last October (I had been playing the bass for a little under a year), and have had semi-regular in-person and Skype lessons since then. Yesterday I was noting down, in my practice journal, all of the things that I had been exposed to/worked on/learned (or started to learn)/was inspired to do in my "freshman" year with Ant. I stopped at six pages.
Ant's points about time management, commitment, discipline all apply. It is about how much you put in, and how focused you are when you are doing the "putting". For me, Ant opened a deeper connection to Music, and an understanding of how much work that requires and deserves. I've missed exits driving while visualizing the notes on my bass, I've been inspired to really listen to and understand multiple genres, I iterate through the major and minor scales before bed. In other words - I love every minute I can work on things, and I continually push to give myself more of that time. Ant is not the only mentor/teacher that I have worked with, but he is the BIG (albeit not tall!) reason why I've come as far as I have in a year, and why I look forward to the lifelong work that it takes to tap into the "infinite field of creative ideas", and deliver them well.
Ant, I look forward to more inspiration and hard work in my "sophomore" year. Do I have to declare a major yet?