Hi all. Just fishing for opinions on this DVD from anyone who may have it. I recently joined a Latin rock band & while I grew up w/ modern American rock I gotta admit I know next to nothing about Latin bass. Anyway I came across the DVD during a mad rush thru a Guitar Center sale & scooped it up for about $30 on account of the DVD's back cover advertising that I'd learn some Latin bass rhythms & grooves as part of the course. Neato! Just what the doctor ordered! I finally got a chance to check it out last night. On the one hand his introductory finger exercises were very interesting & I took to them right away. I could already "feel the burn" lol tho I realized during the session that the DVD is meant for Intermediate & advanced players. While I don't think I'm a noobie slouch I still haven't mastered the neck to the point that I can automatically pinpoint where, say, E-flat on string X is without even thinking about it. I had to rewind the DVD a few times on account of his bass having no marker dots & looking to sonically confirm if where I figured C sharp on the 5th string was was correct By the time he moves on to scales, tho, I knew I had my work cut out for me as the DVD comes w/ no literature & Pattitucci rattles off a 3-octave across-the-neck E scale so quickly (with little verbal instruction) I'm still trying to figure out where he starts fretting. So right there I know my simple "box" scales aren't sufficient for this DVD. Alas by the time the DVD shifts to the Latin rhythms, its basically him jamming w/ the guest drummer, with no close-ups of his fretting hand & not really much instruction other than "this is style X". In some ways, it wass kinda like learning the rhythms the old fashioned way: sitting down w/ a record/CD & playing & replaying passages & trying to blindly nail what's being played. Its a time-honored method, sure, but not what I expected for $30. Heck I could've just gone to the library & checked out CDs & learnt the rhythms that way! No doubt intermediate and advanced players will glean plenty from the DVD, and Pattitucci's skills are a wonder to watch. Still, in retrospect, had the DVD made it clear the player level it was aimed at, I'd have saved those $30 & gone & checked out some Latin CDs from the library.