Ok, how many people are in this boat. In some musical settings and with some players I can really shine, and can get really high playing. coming up with great bass lines, really feeling a great groove, etc.... In other settings I just simply suck and don't feel anything. Case in point. When playing with some guys doing original music (electric or acoustic rock), I can play some really great melodic bass lines, and keep a great groove. At the other end of the spectrum, I play in a big band orchestra, and really just have a very, very hard time struggling with it. My reading is so-so (been reading for about 3 years or so), but the guys I play with are in their 40's and up and have been playing this stuff since they were kids probably. Is it possible to just suck at one genre of music and be great at another? how many people feel its important to excel or at least be more than fairly competen at all styles of music?