Hi! I'm new to the site, so I apologize if I'm doing something completely wrong here..... I was just wondering - I can't afford a private teacher, but I've been playing orchestral bass for 5 years now, and jazz bass for 4 years. I was taught the basics and have learned more advanced technique through my public school's music teacher and various smaller group settings. In addition, I've worked outside of school with Simandl method books and whatever else I can find. Do you have any tips for practicing and improving on my own? I'm a junior in high school, and I haven't ever even played a solo concert or worked with a private instructor, but I am passionate about my music, have been told that I am rather advanced (yes, by people other than my parents), and I'm willing to work hard. I really want to be prepared for college auditions when the time comes, because it's my dream to tour with a renowned orchestra or become a professional music therapist. So yeah, any tips on excercizes, techniques, books to work from, etc? Any help is really appreciated. Thanks!