I've been very frustrated with my playing lately as I feel more and more that I'm learning music, rather than feeling it. A bit of background, then I'll clarify what I mean. I spent many years thinking I was tone deaf, mainly based on my inability to sing, but have always adored music, could be moved by melody, and grew up seeing my dad's jam band reinvent a song night after night. So, with the pushing of a good friend of mine, I decided to turn my appreciation for music into a way to express myself, and bass was a natural choice for me (just seemed right). Since then I've improved my ear a lot, can learn a tune by ear if I sit down and focus (which I don't do enough) and my rhythm, while not perfect, has been more than enough for me jam and gig around a little. I've even managed to start singing some, yet despite this progress, I'm feeling more and more frustrated and "unmusical". I can write an interesting bass line that fits the piece, and when I don't know what the guitarist is playing I can still pull together a (sometimes more) interesting line, but I always feel I'm working note-to-note, I've never had this experience of a developed line playing in my head that I then just transfer to bass, I feel I have to either "think" it out, or discover it by following my fingers. I really want to be able to express myself in real time on the bass with unexpected lines that really leave a stamp or change the sound of a piece, but I'm worried that I'm simply not one of those people. Does anyone have any advice on how to find this "music in your head"?