Hi everyone... This is a question for Steve, Michael, and all the posters. How do you keep a solo bass piece moving? I think it's the little rhythmic methods that propel a piece quietly along, that don't neccessarily even contain any real pitch--just pure meter--that can make a piece sound less like noodling and more like a structured song. I remember what Copeland's treatise said about rhythm being the most primal and fundamental quality of music, and I think there is some sort of truth in it...that rhythm is a sort of musical glue, or a vehicle. So I've been toying around with some different methods, all of which have been around since the first solo bassist started experimenting. 1. Slapped harmonic chords. Provides a sort of rhythmic crecendo. Great for big downbeats. 2. If there isn't much pitch information coming from the low string, I'll strike a harmonic, usually somewhere between the 15th and 24th frets, with my finger, usually where a snare hit would be, on the upbeat. 3. Muting the low string by placing my index finger on the 36th fret and plucking it with the same hand pinky so that a hiccup sound occurs. This is total Manring and beautifully demonstrated on "The Enormous Room." Are there other techniques that you guys do? Just wondering about this. I recorded this last night on my Hyperbass. http://www.guerrillagrind.org/misc/robin.mp3 Mind you, it's not very practiced, and the intonation is somewhat of a nightmare (you'll cringe in a few places)--still getting used to this beast--but you get the idea. I'm messing around with those three techniques above, but it's a bit hard to do while retuning the piece and trying to keep it all straight in my head. And if you couldn't tell...I'm a huge Manring fan. Thanks for the years of inspiration, Mike.