I was reading through some of Adam Nitti's articles on the web and found the following quote which is related to the question "why you need lessons" : Feeling the need to spend money on music equipment, rather than lessons. "I just can't afford a private instructor right now, much less a music school." If some players invested as much time, effort, and zeal playing and practicing their basses as they did buying gear, there would be many more outstanding players. This seemed to be very apposite to many things I have read in the BG side of TalkBass over the years and seemed to ring true. What do others think?