Hi Watt, I was wondering if you ever had any formal music lessons or had someone to show you how to play. Was your skill a product of sheer determination? I have been playing bass for about two years now, and have been trying to learn on my own. I basically use tablature and listen to CDs to try and learn. I would like to take music lessons but I barely have time to play as it is. I am currently not part of a band or have ever been in a band for that matter. I find my biggest problem is trying to come up with my own bass lines. I can learn other artist's music well enough depending on the difficulty, but I can't get my ideas out of my head and onto my bass. I'll come up with a cool little riff and there's where it stops. I can't take it and extend it into anything of any length. What would you recommend to a person who is trying to learn on his own to help he/she develop their skills at writing their own stuff? Thanks Watt.