I think my original instructor did me a great diservice. Picked up guitar as a mis-guided youth - just wanted to play songs and such so I never really "learned" how to play. this was back in '84. So 2 summers ago I buy a nice takamine and find my old instructor from when I was a kid - told him I wanted to learn how to play the guitar, not just songs. So he starts me out with this beginner book that he recommends which starts teaching me the first 3 notes on each string. Long story short - I get frustrated because I'm not doing anything except memorization. I don't even understand the notes or the layout of the fretboard. I get my first bass yesterday because I still feel this "tug" to play music and decide to try a new direction. And in the week leading up to my bass getting to me I learned more than I did in all those years of playing guitar. I never knew there 12 notes in music, that there were 7 natural notes with flats/sharps between some. Playing scales was just fret memorization for me. Now I'm starting to understand how and why the scales work, the notes involved - which leads inherently to an understanding of patterns and intervals. All this in a week and on my own without paying a cent! I really feel that my instructor did me a diservice not telling me about this stuff early on so I would at least have had an understanding and maybe most of the guitar stuff I struggled with would have been much easier. I want to take lessons again but I'm thinking "how the heck can I trust that I found a guy that isn't going to do the same thing to me again??" ? When I hire an instructor, I'm hiring a guy to lead me. Lead me to be a successful musician, not a jukebox. Any recommendations on what to look for when considering an instructor? Anything I can do that might help me avoid the pitfalls of the past?