I dont know why, but when I get together with new people to jam or something, they always want to play some song written by some band... and I never want to. I mean, what's wrong with jamming between a few different chords? I think the problem is that most people I play with either don't know chords (or anything about music for that matter), or they'd just rather play "Higher Ground". The other problem is that I spent my early days as a bass player not playing along to other bands' albums (that much), but instead I actually practiced the exercises that my music teacher gave me, or I'd just make stuff up on my own and play around with that. Something tells me this turned into a rant about the people I get together with to jam. I mean.... man alive, just learn some theory or something. I understand that it's beneficial every now and then when you get together with people and play some covers to get a feel for the other players, but I still feel like having a kind of open jam is much more suited for this purpose. I dunno... it's just me. Anyone else feel this way?