I'm a long time BG player (who isn't here) and just got my first DB this past Saturday. I have fallen in love!! There is a connection between the DB and me as I stand next to it that I've never felt with BG. To play an instrument that is as big as me, with such a big sound and vibration that I 'feel' internally is amazing. Ok enough of the gushing. Now a really newbie question. I have found a teacher but because of his scehdule, we can't start for a couple weeks. But I can't put the DB down. I am playing 2-3 hours a day and am feeling real progress. What worries me is that..... I am playing positions like a BG. I have big hands and have no trouble reaching low G to A on the E string without shifting like one would play the 3rd and 5th frets and work up a G major scale with minimal shifting to the 3rd and 6th scale degrees. But this must be really bad technique and the last thing I want to do is get bad habits ingrained right away. So can someone tell me that it is not that bad or point me to better things I should be doing on my own before I hook up with my teacher.