Hey Steve and Mike, I was wondering if you could help give me some direction. Like most bassist, I've been trying to become proficient in soloing. Of course, I've ran up across a few problems in my attempts. My biggest complaint is my melodies sound to scalar. When I listen to what I'm playing, it sounds to much like I'm playing scales, rather than melodies. I'm trying to create ideas the flow over chord progressions well. I've studied the relation between melody and harmony and while this has given me the ability to play notes that fit over the harmony, it really hasn't helped to make them interesting. (I know interesting is a subjective word, but I think you know what I mean ) My 2nd complaint is I HATE my phrasing. I think this problem stems from me trying to phrase more like a double bass player, rather than an electric player. Maybe I need to listen to more electric players? While guys like Adam Nitti and Victor Wooten are amazing in there soloing, right now, I'm trying to concentrate more on guys like Stanley Clarke, and Michael Dimin. Guys that just have a very good ear for melody. Anyways, hope my question aren't to vauge. I was wondering what some of your approaches are to soloing and creating interesting melodies and what advice you could possibly give me. I did study under a berklee trained musician for a while, but a lot of what we discussed was harmony, rather than melody. Right now, I'm trying to solo over simple bebop forms and 2 chord vamps. edit: Oh by the way, forgot to add, I'm talking more about melodic soloing rather than groove based soloing. Though adding tasteful melodic ideas I find can really help a groove based solo come alive.