I'm looking into starting to teach private lessons and I'm somewhat at a loss as to what method I should use. My own education came from learning piano, bass guitar and cello (in that order) well before learning the bass. The first method book I used was Simandl, but whether it was Simandl himself or the melancholic and malcontent drip I had for my first teacher (or the combo), my sheer love of the instrument is the only thing that got me through it and I have reservations about inflicting that tome upon another human being. But if not that, which is how I learned, then what else? I really like Bottesini's method of introducing scales and arpeggios, then well-crafted etudes in those scales, but shifting comes very early on - perhaps too early. Not to mention that the only copy I could ever find is about 100 years old. I've scanned the plates into my computer and can reproduce copies at will, but... I'd have to do that for each student. Aside from the fingering system, I really like Bille's method, and am leaning towards using that with Bottesini's etudes as supplemental material, but I don't know anyone else that's used it. Is there anyone who knows the pros and cons of this method?