I've posted this here at DB because, well, I think everyone here knows why. But, I'm still on the plank, so my little "story" is talking about plank playing. In an ambitious effort last night to get organized, I put my materials from my lessons together into a coherent binder of knowledge. As many teachers, if not all, do do, my teacher is always writing out methodology, charts, rhythm practice concepts, etc etc blah blah blah. I realized the wealth of material I had, but I also noticed redundancy. Faulty teacher? No. Faulty student. Disproving the myth that teachers do all the work for you, I became painfully aware of the fact that I truthfully haven't put in the time I need to. Yes, I practice. Yes, I go over concepts. But, why is my teacher still going over tritone substitutions in ii/V7/I turnarounds? Why is he still reiterating polyrhythms? Why is he elaborating on scalar ideas during soloing? I realized it's time for me to put in the time to really get these concepts, all these things he's taught me, all this information he's given me in the last 2 1/2 years, to really get all this under my fingers, in my ears. Do I need to master them? Not necessarily. I recognize that. But, I see that he's given me enough information to, "reach that next level", if you will. If I spend a solid amount of time and focus on the information, methodology, theory, practice patterns or routines, that he's given me in the last couple of years, then I can get to that next level in my work. Until then, I think I'm wasting my money on continuing lessons. Because, there's nothing more he can give me, until I get myself to concretely grasp and thoroughly understand what he has already given me. And I don't yet. There's still apprehension on my part. These concepts have not become second nature yet. I adore my teacher, he's a friend as much as someone I pay for a service. In many ways, I feel bad from taking valuable income from him for a period. My idea is to take things one day at a time, and just to work on them as they come. I believe in time, (maybe two months, maybe three, maybe more, who knows), that these concepts will become more and more advanced, more thoroughly understood and ingrained into my vocabulary, and Bill, (my teacher), will be able to help me go from there. It's time for me to do the work I need to do. What do you guys think? Edit: I do want to say that I recognize and acknowledge the fact that regular lessons do help keep you on track and focused. This has been considered.