For about the past month I've gone through one of those phases that you get once in a while where you change the style of music you want to listen to. I love ALL music, and have cd's of all sorts of genres, but what I mainly will listen to is pop punk (midtown, mest, mxpx, ect). Anywho, lately I've been popping in my old cd's of korn, chilli peppers, guns and roses, and black sabbath. Listening to their pretty cool basslines, I've been wondering how much better of a player I could be if I was listening to this stuff while I first started playing bass. The anology I might use would be this: while first starting out playing bass (or any other istrument for that matter) you're like a newly born child; picking up and learning whatever you hear. If you were in my case, and began while in a phase of pop punk, then thats all you will know, which in my opinion, is a bad thing because I despise 90% of all their basslines. However I am a very versitile player. I am very thankful that i did have a knowledge of all types of music. What I'm trying to do here is get a message out to anyone just starting to be opened minded in terms of music. As for me, I've only been playing for a year and a half so theres time. I'm hereby putting myself on a healthy music diet.