I currently play electric bass and have decided to look for lessons. The problem is I live in a relatively small town and there doesn't seem to be an abundance of bass instructors. It wouldn't take much effort to find a guitar instructor, and I'm sure a good one could teach me some useful stuff. With that said, I'd like to find someone who could help with bass technique. I recently contacted my old instructor from my very brief attempt at college. About 14 years have passed since I was a student of his. In that time I eventually sold my gear to pay bills, and went about a decade without playing. In the last year or so I purchased a bass guitar and have started playing again. My plan is to buy a decent head/cab in the very near future as I currently use a headphone amp. More on this in a moment. Back to the former teacher, this guy is a really cool cat. He did offer to give lessons and would be a great wealth of knowledge. I could actually learn much about music theory. My big self critique has been my failing in this area. I have always been a "play by ear" kind of guy. The "problem" if you consider it to be one, is he is an upright bass/cello instructor. I already knew this from being in his class, but I guess I assumed he also taught BG. I mentioned to him I do not own an upright. He offered to help me find something used if I let him know my budget. The upright bass is interesting to me, but isn't my priority. I think learning to play one well would be fantastic. However, I sort of feel like its more of a "one day down the road" kind of thing. I've been looking forward to buying a decent rig for my electric bass. The purchase of an upright would pretty much negate my budget for an amp/head. So on one hand I'm very close to pulling the trigger on some electric bass gear I've been gassing for the last 6 months, and on the other considering using all that money on an upright. Upright isn't really what I am looking for now. Buying one would probably push back the purchase date for my rig another year. There are other things the wife wants me to spend money on, lol. Being that I looked up my old teacher, I'd hate to look like a flake by basically saying "nevermind". The guy is actually getting up there in years (was probably well past retirement age 14 years ago) and won't be around forever. Beyond that, my semester with him was the highlight of my brief college career. He is a genuinely good person. Even if I didn't take lessons from him, I like to at least be a friend. Any thoughts?