A month ago I began taking private lessons at a local school. The teacher is primarily a guitar player but he's pretty good on bass aswell. I've had eight lessons now and the last one was today. And man, does taking lessons help. Big time. When I got there I started by playing some riff badly and then fumbling up pretty badly on a jazz standard. Today we improvised through "Something" by the Beatles and then we jammed on a couple of standards, and if I do say so myself, I did pretty well. It was nothing fancy, just basic stuff but with some walking and wankery thrown in for good measure. You know, the kind of stuff I couldn't do to save my life a month ago. Even my friends noticed the improvement. I had some of them over last night to check out my new strings (Flatwounds. But we still have no life. ) and I improvised a little song for them on the spot and while, again, it wasn't that fancy, it sounded good. And I even had a little slap thrown in to impress them for real. Next month I'm going to get a fake book and start jamming vigorously on some standards, but for now there's nothing to do now but wait for the summer to go away and then join/found a band and start doing some things for real, because I finally think that I'm ready to be in a band and be able to not rely on the guitarist all the time to function. To sum up: *Camp Chaos James Hetfield on* LESSONS, GOOD! (Wave of hand movement follows) *Camp Chaos James Hetfield off* That is all.