I got started exactly one year ago with a MIM Jazz from Mars and some books and tapes. I learned my way around the fretboard, some general theory, some notation reading and some blues riffs. I finally found a professional teacher and had my first lesson yesterday. This guy seems to be the real deal and was recomended by the music teacher at the local high school. I was playing when the guy showed up and right off he started on my right hand technique. He said the notes were ringing together and it sounded muddy. He also said the other strings were ringing sympathetically and he showed me how to follow through on my finger pluck so the plucking finger rests on the next string up to keep it from vibrating. He also showed me about contolling the note duration with the left had through releasing the pressure on the fretted string. He talked about legato, mercado etc. Wow! This is proving to be a difficult change for me. I now have to think about my right hand technique where before it was on autopilot. The follow through finger stroke seems clumsy to me and slows me down. It feels like a lot of hard work and I can't tell a difference in sound yet. I'll keep at it. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.