Had my second lesson tonight. It went MUCH BETTER than my first. Had him show me how to rosin the bow, as my rosin was new and I had to start it by peeling some aluminum looking coating away with enough room to run my bow. I made sure I was holding the bass properly and got it down. We reviewed holding the bow. I was able to bow MUCH better this week. I also did some scales (F Major, Bb Major) with him and will practice that. In addition, we walked through Simandl hand positions as I was doing scales. My understanding of what Simadl is has changed a bit. I thought there would be some magic pattern I had to learn, but it seems like it has more to do with using three fingers up until about 6 and a half position, and I am not going that far up the neck yet. Keep in mind, there is probably more to it, but thats what I got so far... So all in all, I am looking forward to working on some Rufus Etudes on open strings with a bow, Simandl exercises relating to the F Major and Bb Scales. He said we would work all though the 12 scaless. The hardest work for me now is learning to read music. That hinders me more than the physical aspects... So - Once again, glad I have an instructor... Any and all helpful comments for this Newbie are appreciated, especially exercises or practices that helped in the beginning.