Why, oh why, is this so doggone important? Bass players on here repeat that phrase like it's the ultimate in playing, and I feel like nothing could be farther from the truth. First off, if anyone locks in, it certainly ain't going to be me locking in with the drummer. If anything, the drummer will lock in with me. I have never changed a part to suit a drummer and I never will. And yet drummers love me. I don't know how many drummers tell me how easy I make their job. Of course I never tell them that I'm leading them around by the nose, but I am. Second, music that's played with a constant sense of locking in sounds boring to me. Do you hear James Jamerson following the bass drum? Or Jaco? Or Paul McCartney? No, you hear boring stale bassists following the bass drum. Some of the best music I've ever heard has been played by bassists who have a total disregard for what the drummer's doing. Think about it..."Reach Out (I'll Be There)," "Sloop John B," "Shining Star," "Teen Town," the list goes on and on. Third, let the music breathe a little! Maybe you're locking in tight when you should be playing behind or ahead of the beat a little. Maybe the drummer would like you to get off his sack for a while. But you're so concentrated on this myth of locking in with the drummer that you're always right on top of him, zigging when he zigs and zagging when he zags. That's a lot of Z's, and you know what that looks like? ZZZZZZZZZ...yep, you're putting the music to sleep. Of course, I realize that the idea of a band is to make several instruments sound like one large whole, but gee whiz, mix it up a little! It doesn't mean you have to play static lines just because you want to follow the bass drum. And yet I hear so many people discuss the importance of locking in with the drummer. Quite frankly, the drummer can bite me, and I hope he feels the same way about me. Locking in with the drummer makes for boring basslines. Don't believe me? Go back and listen to your favorite songs, and tell me how many of them truly have a bassline that is in lockstep with the drums. Not as many as you originally thought, I'm sure. And the ones that do...is the bassist following the drummer or leading the drummer? 999 times out of 1000, I guarantee the bassist is leading the drummer. You think Ringo did a drum pattern and had Paul follow it? Ha, and double Ha, I say! So do yourselves a favor and do away with this notion of the bassist locking in with the drummer. It was all started by bands who had weak bassists who had no earthly idea how to play, so they would tell the bassist to lock in with the drums. I'm sure you all aren't weak, so stand up for yourselves a little!