Hey Everybody.... I'm new here....I'm a blues bassplayer from Massachusetts. Ive been playing since 1969, when I bought my first Edgmond bass for $65 from a pawn shop in Natick Centre. Played in rock bands till I graduated then swore off of classic rock for blues and jazz. Played with many blues bands, and warmed up for some greats....its been awesome. I have a '74 P bass.....natural ash finish and a maple neck.... white pick guard. Its set up sweet...no clicks... and just easy to play for my long fingers. After gettin' sick of carrying around heavy weight, Ive opted for a SWR Workingmans amp....and I go direct if I need more volume. (rarely) I had such bad luck with blowing (twice) motherboards with my GK 700RB head.....I was surprised to have such bad luck with such a great product. I was using a SWR Triad cab at the time. I teach about 10 students a week, (after I come home from painting for 31 years...)....I've got my own system and teach guitar and bass. I'm enthusiastic, and love to watch my students grow. My students learn music theory, learn to play the major scale on the whole neck...arpeggios, modes, all the intervals, left and right hand use and optimization.....playing in position.... and how to solo and be tasty finding their own "signature sound" blending scales. Most of all I try to infuse my enthusiasm for music and practicing....I love the bass and try to spread it around best I can. The one thing I also try to instill is getting my students to not practice things faster than they can do it perfectly. I see most kids doing things wrong for a long while, getting it right at the end....and stopping, instead of slowing down, getting it right in the beginning, and practicing it correctly for the whole time, speeding up slowly. It's like in the gym when you see everybody using really improper and dangerous form lifting weight thats too heavy..... really destructive in the end. I think one of the most influencial moments in my learning came to me when I heard Jaco talk on his Electric Bass Video about learning the melody to every song that one learns the bassline to.....So....eye opening and life changing. After months of regret and thoughts about it....it was what I needed to hear.. All I ever did was play the major and minor pentatonics till then.....Then I put my nose the the grindstone. A DJ that liked a band I was in nicknamed me Smilinsteve, and it stuck. Now its my email and my pretty much my name all around. So....Its a pleasure finding this forum and its been fun reading all the posts. Thanks! Smilin'