Hi All, I'm planning on using the great web resource that talk bass is a bit more starting.... now and starting a thread seems like a good place to start. I just switched studying with a different bassist this past month. To give some context, my last teacher has a very loose time feel and one of the best senses of melody I've ever heard in a bassist. He had a more "modern" physical approach to the instrument (lower strings, somewhat ampy sound) but swings really well if not somewhat reminiscient of Gary Peacock or Don Thompson. Our lessons were all about phrasing, melodic, and soloistic concepts. SO, with that context: My new mentor seems to know more about Ron Carter's 60s albums and the miles davis quintet with Tony, Herbie, and Wayne then anyone else I've ever spoken to. He rocks a pretty old school approach to the instrument (Higher action, mostly microphone, swinging motherf***er). In my first lesson he suggested that I adjust my right hand technique to use a bit more arm movement and think about pulling the sound OUT of the bass instead of digging IN to the bass. Then he told me to start visualizing and conceptualizing how I project a sound out of the instrument I'm still working out the concept so we'll see how it develops but I've noticed it swings WAAAAAY harder if I can make it happen. I can literally feel the stronger propulsion of the notes in my stomach resting against the instrument. What I'm interested in is what your, the people of Talkbass, concept of sound production is and how that relates to making a groove in different contexts (swing, straight eighths, latin, LOUD situations, uptempo, etc).