I recently inquired with a local and well known bass player that has a number of recording credits to his name. This guy goes way back and is a REALLY talented player. So, I'm thinking that I need to get over the hump of learning to read music. I ask the guy, who has started to market himself as an "instructor" if I could schedule some lessons with him to learn to read music. I was a little surprised to hear him say that he, himself, can't read music. Maybe he can follow a chart every now and then, but that's about it. Says he can still take me on as a student for $60 an hour. If I'm not gonna get from him what I'm after (learning to read music) I'm not really inclined to say yes. I'm a little shocked at the $60 an hour. The going rate is between $20 and $40. For someone that is trying to establish himself, I think that's a little much. But, I'm not really sure, so I'm asking you folks. He can show me scales, modes and very little theory, but for $60, he'll sit down with me for an hour. He's an accomplished session player and a really great guy. But I'm not gonna learn to read music under his instruction. Worth it?