I don't even think I can desribe this very well. Been trying to put it into words. Maybe it'll make sense. I don't mean it to come off as snooty, pretentious, etc. I can't memorize stuff anymore beyond chord progressions, timing and rhythm, etc. When I play - live, gig, practice, recording, whatever and regardless of original or cover material - I play an 'impression' of the song as opposed to any written bassline that may exist (either root of the chord or all over the place). Similarly, I can't write a repeatable bassline to save my life. Everything is like playing to a fake book. It's fun - I never play the same thing twice, keeps me thinking, avoids routine, etc. But when I come up with something really good, it's a fluke and I'll never be able to do it again. Lately I've been recording myself during practice and then editing that down into something I can listen to, try to memorize, etc. Is this a good approach? I'm only 28 so I don't think my memory is failing quite yet. I think it's more of an discipline-attitude shift towards my playing as I've gotten further and further away from school, written music, etc. If that made sense to anybody, have you been in the same situation?