I know everyone experiences it, but I'm curious as to how everyone deals with it. I also understand that there are probably 15000 posts on here related to being frustrated...so if it annoys you, just move on and save the snarky reply. Anyway, I have played for just over ten years, classic rock stuff. I'd say I'm pretty decent at what I do...but for a long time I have wanted to expand beyond this in terms of technique (slap/pop/funk playing) and in terms of knowledge (understanding jazz for instance). I try to follow along with stuff online like marlowedk, scotts bass lessons, etc...but it seems like it is all way over my head. Then I try to follow some marcus miller lessons or something where songs are broken down slowly and I see some 12 year old barreling through his tunes effortlessly when I can't get past the first 7 seconds. I mean, I love youtube for the wealth of information...but it just makes me want to put all of my bass equipment up for sale sometimes. I just stopped taking lessons that I had set up, after about 6 it was evident that not a damn thing was setting in. The lessons were free from a co-worker (music teacher at college) but it truly was a waste of his time and mine. I get that it was a great opportunity to have free lessons, but it really just did not work in the way I thought it would. It makes me feel like I have absolutely no idea how to progress forward like I would like. I don't know how to move forward and feel like i'm learning efficiently (a lot of times i'll sit down for a couple hours and go over the same boring crap I always go over, as though I just gravitate towards it due to not knowing what to do). While I don't want to quit, I really don't enjoy this lack of growth that I feel has been going on over the past couple years. If any of you have dealt with feelings that are similar, what did you do to push through and either grow or just become content with where you're at?