So I'm new to TalkBass, new to actually studying the bass, though I got my electric at seventeen. The teacher I have, he's actually who I went to when I first got it, though I haven't seen him in years. Just starting out, I'm not really sure how to tell whether or not this guy and I are a good match. He's sincere, he's a good bassist - but I'm not convinced he's a good teacher. Right now it seems that he's just trying to teach me songs. My lessons are also only thirty minutes long, once a week. On my fourth lesson (I've had five) he gave me my first scales, which made things feel more balanced, but today he didn't even mention them. He didn't even go over the song he's been teaching me and gave me another one to learn, "if you want to, it's up to you." **I probably could have condensed the above, but I really wanted to hear the opinions of a seasoned bassist. I come from a family of musicians, all of which are skeptical, but none of them are bassists. They play brass, guitar, or piano.