All: I was recently asked by my band to compose a 16 measure "solo" for an original song. It's pretty straightforward: The solo goes over a simple Em F# progression with a pretty relaxed rhythm (very similar to "A Horse With No Name") The only other instruments during the "solo" is the rhythm guitarist playing a 8th duration Em or F# (alternating between measures), and maybe an occasional bongo riff. I've decided on a fingerstyle approach (no slaps, etc.). The problem is that I've gotten into a rhythmic rut that I can't seem to shake. At the beginning of each measure, I find myself coming down on the root and holding it for a dotted quarter (assuming 4/4 time) before noodling around in the scale for the rest of the measure before plopping right down onto the root again at the beginning of the next measure and holding it for a dotted quarter. While I guess it sounds OK, I'm worried about that same rhythm becoming monotonous after 16 measures. I'd like to do stuff like walk over the chord changes or shift rhythms, but I can't seem to get this "dotted quarter, noodle" rhythm out of my head. Any ideas how I can break out of this?