I never thought I'd post in the GI Forum, but there is something severly bothering me. Last month, I started taking lessons... ...and I'm just not feeling it! I must confess, I'm not getting into the whole lesson-practice-practice-lesson-rinse-repeat regimen as I did 20-odd years ago. In fact, earlier today, I called and left the instructor a message that I would not be able to make my normal session. Truth is, I just didn't feel like going, and I may discontinue altogether. No complaints about the lessons nor instructor; I really enjoy the actual sessions. However, having to practice for the sake showing the instructor "what I learned" is kind of a chore. I tend to choke in front of instructors/conductors when playing, which is nothing new. I've had that problem since high school concert band, playing sh*tty renditions of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (I was in the percussion section, incidentally). Playing in front of non-musicians? No problemo! I may ultimately just be better off going back to self-teaching, as I have been doing since taking bass up again in 2011. I like setting my own pace and using the vast wealth of online knowledge which is instantly available and is no more costly than my internet connection... ...or am I being obtuse??