The subject of this post got me thinking... http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=114738 Considering that a great number of creative and innovative bassists (edit: as stated in the thread above <-----he's looking up) seem to have minimal training on their instrument (had not taken lessons for the majority of time), perhaps there is a point where you are trained so much that you learn to play like everybody else and have a harder time finding your own personal voice. (If you are gifted with such.) What does everybody think about this? Do lessons make you play like your instructor and therefore, influence your playing to the point of mediocrity? EDIT: Those of you who are avid bass 'instructees', please do not be offended. I am not saying that you lack in anything. This is not my personal opinion BTW.