I've talked to several so called bass teachers in my area, they both asked me what songs do I want to learn. I responded there hasn't been a song I wanted to learn that I haven't. It seems most of these guys want to write out tab for me and show how to play smoke on the water. I want to learn how to play bass, the basics, the building blocks. I can play a lot of songs from tab but I want to learn more than during this part of the song play the 5th fret on the E string. I want to know why. What should a good bass teacher teach? What should I look for when I interview potential instuctors.