Wow... I took everyone's advice and found an instructor. David Kaczorowski put up with me for a whole hour!!! Good guy...and he'd have to be to teach me. Well, other than talking when I should be listening, maybe it wasn't so bad. I'm just hyper to get going. I got back to my place and spent another 2 hours working on the drills he gave me for now (until my Simandl book is delivered). I had a couple of weeks of fiddling around before getting any instruction and already have habbits that I have to break (left hand stuff of course). He did help me out right off the bat with my right hand and it made a big difference. Also, it's obvious I have to bone up on my scales, reading, and theory. Not just ancillary issues I come to find. I clearly wasn't doing very much right. I'm glad he's got me working on pretty basic stuff. I have plenty of time to spend working on this. Really shows how easy playing BG is...but I think I'm hooked on the big box. Dave also assured me that my DB was in good shape and set up well. That made me feel better because I really wasn't sure. That may sound stupid, but I wasn't certain if there was a problem with my bass because of a dead sounding A string...luckily it just had to do with my pizz technique. Dave's a good guy...let's see if he has the patience to deal with me!!!