This concept is probably one of the things that makes the biggest difference between how I play now and how I was playing 10, 20 or 30 years ago. I'm NOT talking about note choices here. I'm talking about playing the notes once they've already been chosen, in whatever way that occurs for a particular playing situation. I watched a guy on YouTube yesterday, and he was playing a bassline pretty much in time and hitting the right notes, but what he wasn't doing was making each note sound good (hence the thread title). As a consequence, I have to say the musical result was not what I think he was trying to achieve and it definitely didn't sound right to me. I believe that the way you articulate each note through a combination of right and left hand technique is every bit as important as the actual notes you play, and perhaps even more so in some situations. This might be understood better by considering an instrument that you DON'T play. Pick up a violin or an oboe and play a note in the middle of its range. Sure, with a bit of effort you'll be able to get a note out of it. Now listen to a great player on that instrument play the same note and you will hear what I'm talking about when I say the player has to make each and every note sound good, one at a time. This isn't much to do with what gear you use, either. I'm sure we've all heard people sound bad on great gear and others sound great on entry level stuff (within its limitations like volume level or whatever). Maybe I should have posted this in the technique forum. Anyway, this is something I first realised quite a while back and the more I play the more it sort of gets reinforced. I'm certainly not claiming to be all that great in this respect myself, by the way. But it's a major part of my approach to playing and I try hard to get this right as best I can. Making each and every note sound good really does matter, and maybe understanding this will help somebody who's just starting out get their playing sounding more like they want it to sound. (I'm not saying note choice doesn't matter, of course. I'm saying there's more to playing well than just playing the "right" notes - each of those notes has to played "right", too, in order to sound the way you want it to sound.) I just thought I'd throw this idea out there and see if it resonates with any of you folks who know what I'm trying to say here. Any thoughts?