I'm trying to take my bass playing to the next level, but I'm not exactly sure what to do. I've done some searching here and can't seem to find what I'm looking for. Most posts seem to be geared toward the beginner/intermediate bassist. Maybe some of you guys can help me out. A little background: I've been playing bass for 16 years. With the exception of a few short breaks, I have been in at least one band at any given time. I have taken about 3 years worth of lessons over the years, taken music theory classes, have taught myself a lot about jazz theory, my reading is rusty but has been good at times, and I constantly work on improving my technique. To be objective, I made a list of areas where I would like to improve and came up with the following: Reading, Jazz/Harmony theory, adding complex/fast passages to solos, singing what I play (ala Otiel), advanced technique, and ear training. I hope that the right teacher could help me find more areas to work on. I have recently started working on my reading skills and have been looking for teachers. I have taken two "first lessons" in the last month from teachers who claim to teach advanced level bassists, but both of the teachers had little to offer. The first lesson lasted about 15 minutes, with the guy admitting that he was probably not the right teacher. The second lesson was from a Berklee guy who could read better than I could, but for the most part seemed to be at the same level that I am. I'm still looking for a good teacher, but how do I find one? I can't afford all these "first lesson" failures. Where do I find a teacher that can really do it? BTW, I'm in Boston, you'd think it would be easy. I've also thought about just continuing to teach myself by reading and studying everything I can get my hands on. I have been forcing myself to sing along with everything I play for the past few months, and I learn new songs every week by ear for the band I play with which should be good ear training. Has anyone else been in my position? How did you make the jump to the next level? If I get a teacher, how do I know they're any good without dropping $40 or more for a first lesson? Thanks for you help guys, and sorry for such a long post.