This thread is over on the UK 'basschat' site, a site I find myself logging onto less and less these days. http://basschat.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=14798&st=100 They've had some daft threads so far this year, but this beats them all. It's regarding a regular column that Janek writes for the UK 'bass guitar magazine'. All I can say is that if people really believe that technique gets in the way of creativity, then their creative boundaries must be very close together, or they have tremendous natural ability. You need to be able to play something that you hear, or is what they hear already a part of their repertoire, and they don't push the boundaries of their playing, that's cool, but why criticize people who do. They end up with the usual Steve Lawson and Michael Manring bashing.