Dear people, I've been playing for quite some time, and have finally decided to get off my duff and find a teacher. Although I have a fair idea of what I'd need to study to really pursue my goals, I'd like to hear from folks who've benefited from private instruction and benefit from their insights. I should say that I've been playing since '85, though it probably doesn't sound like it! I've gotten enough skill that hours of playing have helped me "sound like me", which I am really happy with. However, I know that I need to delve into theory and reading, and by extension transcription (yup, onto paper!). My reasoning for the belief in forcing myself to acquire what would seem to make up a basic musical education is that learning theory will enable me to understand the nature of music better (i.e. knowing why the touchstones of music are so) and to better analyze the music I hear and create (i.e. Why you might use certain notes with certain chords, why certain compositions sound a certain way) as well as the dreaded learning to read... I say dreaded because I want to learn to read well enough to write down what I play and hear (I immensely enjoy playing funky, funky stuttering basslines with a lot of ghost notes and in odd time signatures!) I also want to utilize written material across my lifespan for further study as well as being able to participate more fully in music by taking part in projects for which reading may be required such as playing wedding, show and jazz gigs and jamming with more technically "able" players. Needless to say, I should be getting together quite soon with a teacher who plays jazz bass, has a masters degree in composition and seems like a heckuva guy! If I haven't bored you by this point, I must ask my fellow Talk Bassers, "Have I overanalyzed it?". I think that my overarching goal of really developing my musicianship to the fullest is a worthy goal. I honestly think I'm "good" (subjective analysis of course) but since music brings me such pleasure, I want to pursue the higher calling of satisfying my own curiosity of how much more fluent in music I can become. What are the experiences of those who have tread the path on which I will soon be on, and are my goals, and the beliefs of the few (but oh, so important) things on which I should focus going to set me on the lifelong path?