Hi guys, I'm hoping you can provide me with some guidance and direction here. Background: Been playing guitar as a hobby for many years. Both classical, plain acoustic, and electric. Also play sax (tenor/soprano), and have dabbled with piano. I know music theory pretty well, can read both treble and bass clef without a lot of effort, can find my way around the fretboard, know how to construct chords and so forth... What I am lacking: bass specific skills. I can figure out basic alternating fingers picking, and have a theoretical graps on floating/moving anchor and stuff like that; I've read up as much as I can. I'm also--obviously--inexperienced as far as the dynamics of the bass and how to make it groove and swing nicely. As I usually do, I've been looking at getting a book or two first. The problem is, the books I find locally that deal with picking technique at all are the very basic books, and I don't need to learn how to count quarter notes and read music all over again. So, I really have two questions... 1) Is there a book/video suitable for my needs? I saw a DVD by I think Todd Johnson(?) focusing on picking techniques that looked pretty good... 2) I will be looking for a teacher to visit 2-4x/month. What should I look for in one? I don't want to end up working with somebody who has a very set and narrow idea of how things "should" be and might put me down the wrong path. You know, somebody who's taught the exact same way for twenty years and gosh darnit it's worked well so far... not that it might be a bad thing, but I guess I am wanting somebody who seems open minded and generally up to date on things more than somebody completely dogmatic, if that makes sense. Ok, that was lengthy... appreciate any and all advice.