All the time people tell me (and other aspiring musicians) not to bother with learning songs written by other people. "Go create something yourself", they say. And while I agree that it's important to create your own identity, I disagree that studying and LEARNING songs can do any harm. Tonight, I "learned" Jacos "continuum." I'm just done, and after a few hours I play it pretty fluid. And it feels good! The feeling of "mastery" should not be underrated. I also think that learning something, and really working on it to make it sound good - can make you a better musician. Perhaps we could learn something from the classical scene here? I have studied classical flute for a long time, and to "nail" mozart in G, I practiced for nearly a year. To give meaning to every phrase - to always know what you wanna say. It takes work. But while I worked on the piece, I could feel it growing on me. Please, I know this sounds silly. But it's like that when you work enough on one piece of music. It'll become a part of you, in some way. This is what all classical musicians do when they work on their reportoire. Well, I know I'm saying different things at once now - and please forgive my mindless rambling. But it just felt good, you know, being able to play this fantastic piece of Jaco.