After playing by ear for a few years, I've finally decided to take some lessons. Although my technique could certainly use some polishing, I'm very interested in applied music theory so I can communicate with other musicians better. I also want some help with breaking long-established patterns -- pattenrs that work, but patterns that have seemed stale to me lately. If I need to attach a style to my studies, it seems to me that an understanding of jazz and funk should equip me to handle just about anything that comes my way. So, any recommendations for teachers or schools in Chicago? Preferably with flexible schedules and reasonable price tags? Any other thoughts? I'm finding that books aren't cutting it -- I need an instructor to talk this stuff through with and play with. (Accordingly, does it make sense to have a guitar-playing instructor who also understands bass?) Thanks!