hey mike, well here is my story:i've been playing bass for almost a year now(not very long). I took lessons but all i was interested in was playing cool songs with friends when we jammed together. As soon as i became a member of talk bass, i discovered new artists like victor wooten,jaco, and les claypool and they have really lead me to play the bass. When i picked up my bass to try to play some notes of the songs(i new i wasn't going to play all of it), i reallized i was missing knowledge of the bass. so right now i would like to learn all the chords,theory and such(i already know the basic tuning of the bass, changing of strings and i think i have a pretty good understanding of the frets(only #'s) and my technique or dexterity is not that bad). well finally what im trying to ask is should i continue lessons and ask him to teach me chords or should i get a book and ask the teacher to teach me theory? i am very confussed right now and i appreciate any,and i mean any help on this subject. if u have any questions please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org thank u very much for the response!!!!