So, I have a 54 year old inquiring about taking lessons from me. The only problem is, Im not sure of what to teach him. I cut/pasted his email to me below. Any and all help from those who teach on a regular basis would be appriciated. Its difficult to answer your question of what exactly I want to learn. I'm not sure if I honestly know. I played a little bass as a teenager. As I grew up I always thought about getting back into it but never did. About 8 months ago I accompanied a friend to a music store. He is an accomplished guitarist with about 40 years of experience. It took about 5 minutes in the store for me to get re-hooked. Over the last 8 months I try to practice every day. I'm to the point that with a little practice I can play pretty much anything that is tabbed or I can listen to and figure out. I am fairly comfortable with most of the scales and I know where most of the notes are. I'm still working making my fingers move as fast as my brain and attempting to reach 4 frets. I am not at the point where I can just sit down and jam. I trip over turnarounds, fills, walk-ups and downs. Without a good teacher I am not going to improve much. I am also 54 years old. So my priorities are not the same as a 12 year old. I realize that finger exercises and proper technique are extremely important. However, I am looking for a teacher that will help me to play while I work on my technique, not instead of. Hopefully, that at least partially answers your question. I have been searching for a real bass teacher for the last few months with little to no success. I would sincerely appreciate any help you could give.