hey, i have been posting a bit lately for good reason. i have just graduated from a music degree on a jazz course over here in london and i am finding that my technique is really having a few problems i have had quite a few lessons from a jazz teacher at my university and very little was said to me with regards to posture and how to hold it. it was more of the grab it anyway feels comfortable and let's go now this was kind of good at first as i seem to get up and running without hassle but now i am having to totally re-examine the whole thing. particularly as i am in the habit of using my left hand thumb to grip the neck when fretting. i never really noticed it until i started bowing in TP and couldn't suddenly use my thumb to grip the neck now i have taken a few exersizes from posts describing this problem and am really taking it slowly and trying to build up again. what i am trying to say is the "get a teacher" thing should be tempered with "if you go to a jazz teacher, great for all the music, but watch out for the technique side" ie. be carefull. i am now going to go to a classical guy next week and see what he can make of it all. wish me luck i am in a bit of a state.