Not sure if this is the right place for this. Please move if needed - with my apologies. A while back I'd mentioned buying my (now) 15 year old a bass. I did. A brand new Squier Jaguar VM Special (3TS, PJ active bass boost). It plays very nicely. Good set up, and good tone. Anyway, it sat in the corner of his room for a good while. I badgered him to practice, or at least pick it up and just play it. I guided him to some cool websites, and Youtube videos to help him (he's 15, he doesn't listen to me..so my giving him instruction would not help.). So 'er indoors wanted to get him bass lessons with a local teacher. Not cheap, but I know it's worth it if he applies himself. It's an absolute chore getting him to practice. I won't push it, but I do 'nag' once a day. To encourage him I added a Behringer V-Amp Pro pre-amp to his combo. Sounds great. 'er indoors always took him to practice due to work schedules etc. He's been four times. He barely practices. Last night I took him to practice, met the teacher, and sat in the corner. The teacher is using the Hal Leonard book. He plays along sometimes on an acoustic guitar, just for timing and accompaniment. My young lad was playing bass, and reading notes from a book as he did so. He wasn't muffing notes. His timing was just fine. He made mistakes, but don't we all? The teacher made a little fun of the content of the book, and the tunes therein, but at the end of the day, my 'little' guy (he's over 6'2") is a bass player. Good start. I'm so glad he's reading too.