I consider myself to be pretty decent heavy metal bass player. I've got a super fast two-finger style, I'm consistent and I believe that I fulfill the requirements of my band perfectly. The problem is that playing in gigging metal acts for the last 7 years has made me a really bad general bass player. If I try to play anything outside of the sphere of metal I can sort of do the notes but I generally suck pretty badly in terms of feel and groove. Also my adopted chromatic blues style improvisation doesn't translate well to anything outside of heavy music. I think that the worst part is that I have absolutely no control or expression on even the best set up bass in Standard tuning. I've been playing in C standard nearly exclusively. Up to this point I've been alright with my problems because I'm adamant that being a specialist is better than being a generalist, but it now looks like my current band is on the ropes, which will probably spell the end of my heavy metal career. I know this might seem like a stupid question but do you think it's possible to retrain myself to be a better all round bass player? And how would I go about doing it? I've got no music theory and I'm more or less completely self taught. I see all these Jazz cats playing all these complex patterns and I'm just looking at them knowing that if I went to audition for their act I'd be frowned out of the room in an instant and for someone who's been playing bass for over a decade it's really hard to stomach. I know the obvious response would be to do scales and find genre's which I want to play to, and replicate these styles but every time I try this I end up dropping in pentatonic shreds, arpeggio runs, bass booms, slides, the most inappropriate of things just because I'm so used to doing this sh*t and because I'm so far out of my comfort zone. I just can't seem to 'unlearn' any of my habits to suit other styles. I'd love to hear if anyone else has had to do a similar thing and how they went about it. Sorry if this post is in the wrong spot.