I'm just starting out with bass. I'm coming with a background of informal fingerstyle guitar. The first couple times that I picked up the bass, it felt really off...like a big Stratocaster...which is not good. To me, an instrument has a particular feel to it that's distinct. For instance, a ukulele is not just some small guitar. Likewise, I feel that the bass has a very, very important non-guitar role in generating the pocket. I've been listening to a number of bassists to get a feel for the identity of a bass: Flea, Victor Wooten, Thelonius Monk, and tons of Jazz. However, I'm not really sure what "the bass" should sound like. I just know it when it's there. aargh! Anyways, I was wondering what you'd recommend to avoid sounding like a guitarist playing a bass. I'd also appreciate any favorite non-guitar sounding bassists, or other artists that have a good "bass sense" (do cellists count?).