I've been playing double bass for about 2 1/2 months total, the last month has been relaxing my hands due to carpal tunnel syndrome, and I can safely say I'm the 2nd best bassist in my orchestra with 7 bassists. I can play everything note for note in tune with the 1st chair bassist, with the exception of 16th note passages and quicker 8th note passages. I can sight read rather well considering I've only been reading bass clef for 3 months (never tried as an electric player). Is this a normal transition period for previous electric players to double bass? Should I be able to progress quicker? I have yet to find a teacher... the music school first couldn't find a teacher, and now isn't returning my phone calls... It's been two months so I'm going to pay them a very displeased visit soon. Now that I'm done rambling, am I progressing quickly or what? Orchestra director says I'm competition for first chair next year.