Amazing... I can see how much better it was to ask these questions on the Forum now, because I am getting responses from both sides of the fence. I would like to think that I was very considerate of other peoples feelings/circumstances, but it still good to have people on the forum chip in with things that I just might not have even considered. I have my teachers email address. We have already swapped a few emails, mainly along the line of me asking to join, then sending her an email telling her how much I enjoyed the first lesson. I think I shall leave it until I have had the next lesson and find out which way it is heading. I am sure that the teachers have had MANY MANY years of dealing with beginners and that I am in very good hands. As one of the other members pointed out, patience with oneself is also important if you are to make progress. Also, I am having loads of FUN, and that is probably much more important at such an early stage than any other consideration.