I had posted previously about planning to begin studying with the bassist Richard Davis, and a few people asked me to post my thoughts about the lesson: today was the first lesson. Richard is clearly a very brilliant person and a gifted teacher. He explained some things to me in a way that made much more sense than anyone else has explained them to me, in particular about the modes and how they apply to various basslines. He showed me some excercises to work on using ascending and descending 3rds, and showed me how to construct walking basslines for minor 13th chords using a major scale and going up in 3rds. He also got me started working out of the Simandl method book, and shared with me a few thoughts on walking basslines in general in a Jazz context he doesn't have any problem with me playing electric bass exclusively. (as I had explained before, recurrent problems with tendinitis keeps me playing only electric bass) it was most definitely an inspiring (and humbling) lesson and I have plenty to work on for next week. I'll be studying with him on a weekly basis now, one hour per week.