We have a new cello/bass instructor at my university this year. My old teacher left during the summer without prior notice so I suspect the hiring process was a bit rushed. The new lady is an excellent cellist but she has admitted to me that she has NEVER played bass before, doesn't know any of the rep, never studied the different technique books, etc. Thus far there are two things that I'm a little unsure about. She teaches to NEVER use the wrist in playing. She says the wrist and elbow should never move, the entire bow stroke should come from the whole arm no matter what. My old teacher taught just the opposite so I'm having a horrid time trying to adjust. The other thing is the way in which she wants us to hold the bass. She us to wrap our legs around the sides in a way so we can move the bass from side to side without using our arms, the way a cellist will use their legs to push into or pull out of a stroke. In order to do this I'm having to put the bass at a crazy angle for playing. I also have very short legs so I'm really seeing no benefit at all from this. Does this sound strange? I'm not trying to be a snotty student who doesn't want to adjust to a new teacher but when an instructor admits to never playing bass and then proceeds to teach you technical things on the bass it can leave one a bit skeptical.