well ok i know some of the general rules of music, i got a basic understanding of modes and scales and fitting them into the chords of a song. But i don't use them as much as i probably should. the way i see it i have ears and i can tell what sounds good. Sometimes i may have to go against the rules to make it sound good. Is that so bad? Am i less of a bassist because i play an off key note? How does everyone else look at this point?