I was in GC today, and there was this kid, about 14 or so, that was playing a Fender Jazz with a pick, and he sounded pretty good. When I plugged in, and started playing, he stopped and came over to watch me do quadruplet runs using a slap & pop technique. After I introduced myself, he asked me what music I listened to, and I told him anything that I could get my ears on. He said that he only listened to RHCP. I asked him what else, and he said that's it. No other type of music could help him, or interest him. So I used his hero Flea as an example. If Flea only listened to punk, and nothing else, do you think that there'd be a Flea Bass? No. Flea listened to funk, and used it in his choice of genres. I had a young black bassist come up to me, and asked me about a riff I was playing. I told him it was The Police's "When The World Is Running Down", and he said, "I only listen to and play Black music." ***!? Guys/gals, I hope you're not limiting yourselves to only the music you like. If so, you're doing yourselves a HUGE disservice. If Les Claypool DIDN'T listen to Stanley and Larry, do you think that he'd be a "Bass Hero"? Probably not. I'm not a huge Country music fan, but I've copped some great techniques from a Patsy Cline record. I've taken something that I heard in a Bluegrass song, and used it in my slapping style. Don't limit yourself to just one type of music. If you do, you'll be one type of bassist. If we've learned anything from the 80's and all of the guitarists wanting to be EVH, is after you've spent all of your time learning that one thing, you're still just a one trick pony, and your one trick ain't in demand no more. Listen to all types of music, you'd be amazed at what you'll pick up from it. Keep in mind, I'm not painting ALL young players with this brush. I've met some young players in a jazz setting that sent me back to the woodshed!