Hi all, I am having a lot of trouble adding my own personal touch to songs and am looking for some advice on what to do. My usual method for learning a song is to transcribe (in musical notation) the bass line note for completely with the chords and I'll try to have a basic understanding of the melody. From then on I'll learn the lines and try to imitate the original player as closely as possible. This has been great for my musicality, as I am constantly in the situation of having to learn new material. The problem is that I get so hung up on the notes on the page I can't add my own unique bits and pieces and when I do it always sounds average and I'll often freak out and screw up. I'm always getting told; 'You need to get away from the chart, man'. Has anyone else had this same problem and overcome it? Any advice/help is much appreciated.