The only Talkbasser I've ever met was ASR, from Houston. He was kind enough to invite me to his home, (very nice guy), and I jammed with him. What I realized, is how woefully unprepared I was to play in the rock genre. It was tragic. They kept calling out popular tunes that I just didn't know. I was reminded of this recently during a lesson. I came to realize that all I ever practice is jazz, and while I have a diverse practice routine, (ear training, site reading, theory, jazz, some classical), 90% of what I do is jazz. So, it's time to challenge myself. So, I'm calling anybody out who's interested. Do you want to challenge yourself?!? Here are the rules. You find one particular thing that you have little or no exposure to. (I thought up some examples below). Then, make a post describing what it is. Work hard on it all week, using whatever resources you have to find out how to do that, (i.e. internet, teacher, etc.). Then, after exactly one week from your original post, come back and tell us: - how much time you put into it, - what exactly you did, - how much progress you made. Some ideas might be: Sight reading Ear training, (learning to recognize intervals, chords, relative pitch, etc.) Study of a different genre, (a metal or punk player studying Motown for a week) A different bass, (borrowing a friends fretless, or 6 string) A technique, (slap, pop, tap) Song writing (writing in a different genre, writing lyrics if you've only ever written instrumental pieces, etc.) This is just off the top of my head. Anyone interested? If so, I'll start us off, as I already have an idea for myself.