I've been playing somewhere in between 2 and 3 years. I can read music decently, and I can sight read my way through simpler stuff that isn't too dotted-and-sixteenth-note laden. I can get myself through the first minute of classical thump decently, I can tap some pretty decent lines that I've written which I think are pretty cool, but they do get boring after playing them for months. My ears suck. I mean, I can sit there for a half hour and maybe pick up a few parts of a song on my own, but I think I should be able to get through a few measures in less then ten minutes, no? I guess what I'm trying to say is I have some decent chops, but there is no meat there. I haven't been able to write anything groovy (ever). When I'm in a band situation my additions to a song are in the realm of root, fifth, seventh, octave or outlining a chord. I want to be able to add more, such as modes, etc. But that's a whole other post. I got myself a beautiful instrument which I love to death and wouldn't trade for anything, but sometimes I look at what I'm playing and I'm just like...blah, I should be able to do more for owning this. Alright, bottomline is I think I can't write any bass parts worth a damn. I can't write anything groovy as a slap/double thump line without it sounding like I totally copped flea or vic. Help me with some creative spark, please. Any suggestions on what to learn, as far as writing new material would be greatly appreciated. I'll try to get some clips of myself up here tomorrow so you can further judge where I'm at. I do'nt think I'm a bad player per se, but I think I should be doing more.