I'd like to share an experience I had several years ago with a well-known bassist. I won't name his name. I'm not here to smear anyone. He plays electric bass primarily and is on the scene in NYC. The reason for me posting this is to find out if anyone else has ever had similar experiences. The bassist in question was playing at a club in NYC one night and was totally burning it up. After the set, I talked to him a little and asked for a lesson. He said sure, gave me his #, and I left. I called him a few days later and set up the lesson. When I got there, it took about 2 minutes to realize this guy was on something, or coming down off something, and was not in the exact "frame of mind" to be conducting a lesson at $100 an hour. Here's how the "lesson" went: He begins by putting a classical piece in front of me and says "read it". I don't remember what it was, but I fumbled through it and made plenty of mistakes. He then proceeds to make a face and begins to play it, but he makes many mistakes as well. He says "Yeah, you need to work on your reading". After this, we play "Stella By Starlight", which consists of me playing the head, then walking while he solos for 57 choruses. When he's done, he says "You need to learn that head". Meanwhile, I can assure you I played that melody spot on. I even have a tape of it. Then he says "Let's do some groove stuff". So this was me copping a groove in E mixolydian he set up so he could then solo for another 10 minutes staright. I actually just stopped playing after awhile to see if he would even notice. He then says "Yeah, you need to work on your groove." Then he takes me to the piano and says he wants to check my ear. Sure, I could name minor 7, dom 7, major 7 #11, half dim chords, etc. Then he basically puts his left foot on the keys and I'm like "?" He then says... you guessed it: "You need to work on your ear". Now mind you, I did, and still do, need to work on all those things. Who doesn't? The most bizarre part of this then came when I began asking him questions about his own playing, since up until now I didn't get a word in. He proceeds to answer me by quoting, word for word, Jaco's responses in the instructional video he did. I also have this on tape. By now this "lesson" had turned into a real drag, to say the least. To top it off, when I asked him what his favorite rhythm section was, he says "The Miles band with Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb". OK, he might've made a mistake saying Red instead of Wynton Kelly, or Jimmy instead of Philly Joe. Or maybe he just really didn't know the band, and by now my patience had worn off, and I didn't care. As he went to the batroom, possibly to snort up some more, I seriously thought about leaving without paying. But then I knew I'd run into him again one day, since he IS actually a monster player and I do enjoy his playing. So I paid him and left. Oh, and the lesson wound up being 50 minutes long instead of 60, but that was allright by me since it was already 50 minutes too long anyway. Anyone else with similar experiences?