I supposed this thread will have several angles... one being a vent/rant. As a preface, my primary instrument for decades has been trumpet. I teach trumpet privately and have also taught band (and Language Arts) in school situations. On the side, I've taught Alpine Skiing for over 30 years and am Level III Certified through the Professional Ski Instructors of America. 've studied guitar as a kid, played bass "casually" until recently. But I have also continued to be a student even in my "senior" years. My point? I have been and am on both sides of the situation as both teacher and student. Rant: I started taking bass lessons with a young fellow. Musically he knows his stuff. He has a string bass orientation, also teaches piano and plays guitar fairly well from what I can tell. When I interviewed him I told him of my background and we agreed on an intial lesson. When I came for that lesson he was prepared. Had an idea of what I might need to work on. Ran me through some exercises to test my skills, strengths and weaknesses. I thought he was pretty good. The second lesson went about the same. In that lesson he threw a tab chart at me as reading tab is one of my weaknesses in spite of being a good standard notation reader. The following lesson didn't go quite so well and I was frustrated and perhaps a bit angry. I had had a phone conversation prior to the lesson and told him that I thought I should be working on some chordal things and he agreed. So lesson time came and he was there with a classical guitar in his lap. We ran through the etude (standard notation) and then the tab. He said I had the etude down well but was "missing the style" of the tab piece (McCartney Oh Darling). Not technically difficult. He said "go home and listen to the tune". At that point I got a little miffed. What I think he SHOULD have done was to DEMONSTRATE what I was missing rather than sending me away to figure it out for myself (one of my weaknesses as well- otherwise I wouldn't need lessons now, would I?). The I addressed the issue of chords. He wasn't prepared for that either although we had discussed it. So he began drawing chord progressions on a piece of paper (freehand) and said "go home and look at your Real Book and find tunes that have ii V I progressions. "Shouldn't you have printed one or two samples for me?" I thought. No bass for demonstration. No printed preparation. $70 for a 1 hour lesson. As a music teacher myself I found that totally unacceptable. I subsequently put the rest of my lessons with him "on hold" until I decide if I'll go back. How should I have felt? Am I unreasonable in my expectations? As a teacher I am ALWAYS prepared for my students, whether it be private or class lessons. I have to teach a group trumpet lesson this afternoon and I already know what I'm going to teach, the material I'll use and how I'll present it. No guesswork. Just adjustment if the students don't get it straight away. How about you? As a teacher are you ALWAYS prepared for your students? Or do you wing it on the fly? As a student, what do you expect of a teacher?