Normally I'm an electric bass player but I've ventured into DB. I'm renting a 3/4 upright and I had my first lesson today. This teacher of mine is a total music snob and does not respect anything but classical music and is completely ignorant about electic bass. The lesson started out fairly well me playing through these basic pieces because she didn't think i knew anything about bass since i played bass guitar. She heard me improvising in the hallway before my lesson and she thought I sounded pretty great for a begginner but during the lesson she tore apart my technique to wear I could barely play well at all. I'm not aiming to be in any orchestras or string ensembles with double bass. Its just something for me to kind of learn and experiment with. I like playing the double bass so far, I figure it would be good to have some basic knowledge of it. Am I the only one who doesn't think technique is all that important? I think getting it all to sound good is the most important rather than technique. I'm really not happy with the teacher and I could get lessons from my friend who is the #2 player in Texas All-State. He's better than my teacher for sure. Also she put some small markings on my fingerboard to help out my intonation for now. She put some tape on the D string F#, calling it finger 1. Now, this just throws me off most of the time. Would I be a heathen for marking some little side dots on the neck where the 3rd, 5th, 7th fret on an electric bass would? It would allow me to play alot better and help me with my intonation until I memorize those positions on the DB neck. Maybe I should just get a fretless electric, then I could actually fit it in my car.