NAMM was a very successful and fun show for me. I met a great number of terrific people and had a chance to play each day which always makes me happy. I gave a couple of quick lessons with some players that came to the Cort booth and chatted about how to learn better which included my usual inclusion that only being taught musical content was how all qualified bass teachers should be teaching their students. People seemed receptive to this message. Continuing in this line of thinking, before the show, I posted a thread suggesting that bass players attending NAMM and watching slap or rock bass players play or teach at the various booths and shows should ask them where they learned how to slap or rock. In that people at the show are always chatting about a variety of subjects together, it didn't seem to be too much of a stretch to simply also asking if they were officially taught how to rock or slap or not. It is no secret that I view many of today's bass educators as unqualified to teach. But, as long as their clients are unaware that they aren't being taught properly, nothing is going to change. Bass students will continue to pay for lessons that look great on paper but won't be worth the money that they pay to learn them. Another inquiry that might validate this statement is to ask graduates of any top music school within the last five years if they are working more and earning more money after paying the five figure tuitions to learn how to play the bass. Some will say yes, but I suspect that most won't. This is important to know about. My wish is to change the attitude about being taught so that bass students will get what they need to improve their playing. Right now, I feel that they are getting what they want. In my opinion, top schools and top teachers aren't what they used to be when it comes to teaching. The internet these days is generally a place of entertainment, not a reliable place to find quality music to learn from. If change comes in what is being presented to bass players, it will only come when bass players insist on it. Thus, let's start here by your sharing what you discovered at NAMM when you asked rockers or slappers that you happened upon and started chatting with what they may have told you about how they learned to rock or slap bass.