I didn't really know where to put this, so though misc. should do it! I'm in a bass rut, but not like one where I don't necessarily feel like playing, more like what to play and where to go. Of course, i'd love to make some sort of career (wether big or small) with my band (or any other), failing that, i'd like to be a studio bassist or teacher or similar. I just want to be involved in the business in some way (even if it means having to have another job to support it). The thing is, I just don't know where to go with my playing. I sit down with my bass and just can't play anything creative at all. The last peice I worked on was roughly the first minute or so of classical thump. Challenging, sure... But in the end it did nothing for me. When it comes to the band and writing songs, I just can't do it. I can't think of anything in my head anymore or put anything to the 'board. When trying to right some sort of solo peice, wether it's wanking or something with emotion and feel (especially the latter) i'm just blank. What can I do? I find i'm not listening to *as* much music anymore or learning songs (either too hard for me to do by ear, or not interesting enough for me I find, the last songs I did was roughly half of Audioslaves latest album). Then theres theory. I've learnt and re-learnt grade theory for my high school music, but as soon as my exams and tests are over, I have no use what-so-ever for it and end up forgeting it.. I can read notes on a staff etc but not really site read or read charts and I don't KNOW where to start learning really? I need something that will get me interested. I don't have a teacher anymore (for the last year or so) and I feel in the last 18 months I havn't really improved (being blaying almost 3 years). All my other band members are coming up with awesome material, and I just can't get anything down, which is started to really annoy me.. Should I get a good teacher? I can get lessons with Rob Little, who's a great Aus bassist but it's pretty expensive and far away for me but i'd rather not waste time with a teacher who won't, well, teach me. I've gone through my fair share of guitarists *trying* to teach bass. So... what should I do? Any advice for my ramblings? I always see great bass players on TV or the Net or whatever and think 'Wow, I wish I could do that' and then I set out to learn more theory, get better with my aural skills and learning by ear, by being more creative.. Then I sit down, and this whole musical world just seems too big and I can't get my head around it/don't know where to start. Any advice..?