OK, I've been taking lessons for a month exactly now. The first lesson was just a feel out/intro day, but I was still taught a little something. Fingerstyle and a simple little blues line (all in first position). Week two, lesson two, we got a little more down to business with two variations of the 12 Bar Blues. It took me a while, because of tempo issues, but I got it. Week three, lesson three, I brought in all my books to show him because he asked to see them. He picks out Bass for Dummies and tells me it's an excellent book. In fact, he decides the lesson is coming out of it. We go to Chapters 12 and 13, which have some interesting little bass lines that are significantly tougher than anything we've done yet. I still don't have these all down two weeks later. Lesson four, last week, he was glad I brought the book back with me, cuz this lesson was coming out of it to. He wants to show me how to break down ANY bass line and be able to play it. To emphasize the ANY, we go to Chapter 19, for those without the book, that's a Chapter of Tens. Ten bass lines in the style of ten great bassists, including; Bootsy Collins, Donald Duck Dunn, James Jamerson, John Paul Jones, Joe Osborn, Jaco Pastorius, George Porter Jr., Francis Rocco Prestia, Chuck Rainey, and Robbie Shakespeare. I took one look at the first line, which is in the style of Bootsy, and then I looked at him with my best "you got to be kidding me, right?" look. He wasn't kidding, we spent the 45 minute lesson trying to get me to play one beat of the Bootsy line right. His plan was to work through them all, but when I left, I still coudn't play one beat of that first Bootsy line, dead on. On my way out he asked me how much I was practicing. I told him about two hours a day, which I believe to be honest. He looked skeptical and acted like if I really was, I'm not coming along as well as he expected, and maybe I should do more. He told me before, that he works over forty hours a week and plays guitar five hours a day. Is it not a bit of a stretch though, to go from learning fingerstyle to playing Jaco riffs in four weeks time? Would that be realistic even if I practiced for five+ hours a day? I guess I could have been reading too much into it though. The main point was to teach me more about reading music, rhythms and what not, and how to break down any line/riff/song beat by beat and play it. I'm curious though, can anyone else with the book nail these lines? If so, how long did it take you? It took him about four tries to nail the Bootsy line, but then again, he majors in classic guitar and has played bass for a number of years as well. It's frustrating the heck out of me, because I can't get it down to save my life, and I have to face him again in two days. I feel like he thinks I spend two minutes practicing a day. Everytime he shows me something new, I can't get it there, I have to get it at home. He can't even begin to imagine the disappointment he is in store for if he thinks I'll have those lines down, and I can't even begin to imagine what's next. A Wooten solo maybe? I'm hoping we take a BIG step back and go back to some simple stuff. I had to tab out the Bootsy line as it is, my sight reading skills aren't near that strong.