Hi to All. Happy New Year! It is great to be back on Talkbass. I've already engaged in chatting with many members about learning how to play and it has been a pleasure. Some people believe that there are many ways to learn how to play. I agree, and for me, this is the problem! There are a multitude of learning approaches when only a couple will do for everyone no matter what style of bass they play. In other areas of learning, even if the manner of teaching might vary, everything that is taught is based in fact of those subjects. They aren't taught an in-time performance when learning those things. Everything has its own time flow when performing those tasks. Top people don't stop to think too much if they have already learned their subjects. Here are a few examples. 1. Driving 2. Swimming 3. Dancing 4. Sports 5. Learning a New Language 6. Cooking 7. Instruments other than the bass 8. Law 9. Medicine 10. Math I feel that since practically everything is taught and learned out of time, bass would best be learned this way as well if one decided to seek out a teacher or a school (this explains why I dislike metronomes; they don't give you a chance to think about what you are learning. I feel that being taught the bass is best done as a narrow and specific academic experience. I feel that nearly all other learning suggestions, while sounding nice, haven't produced positive results for most bass players. I feel that any lesson or lecture that mentions Groove, Feel, Communication, Spirit, Heart, Locking with drummers, Playing to the Audience, "Whatever you play is OK," or "You can learn from everything" are examples where you are being taught things that don't require paying a teacher to learn. These are not the most important aspects in how you should be taught. Here are two thoughts of mine that will fuel this discussion: 1. Learning is different than Playing! 2. There are only two ways to learn; a. being self taught and all that goes with it, and b. learning musical content based in harmony, melody, and rhythm. Your comments are welcome.