Hello Michael, I was wondering if you could give me some advice about using the bass in a soloing role. While I can play the bass in it's supporting role very well, I always have a little bit of trouble when it comes soloing, since the approach is completely different. I know that the purpose is to play a melody and I know my theory, but I'm having trouble getting it from my head to the fretboard and making it sound like a complete idea. One of my main problems is playing something that has a melody line, yet still keeps the song "grooving". I've played some pieces that my father wrote, that I solo on with my fretless bass. My father plays guitar during the solos and I solo over the chords just like any guitarist, sax player, piano player, ect. would solo over it. I have no problem there and play very well since I only have to concentrate on a melody line. The problem I have, is the "other" approach to bass soloing. The approach where all of the other instruments expect the bass and drums take a tacet. The more traditional jazz solo approach I guess you could say. When trying to play a melody line, it feels as though the music bottoms out and loses it's groove. (I'm mainly referring to jazz style swing pieces, though they might not always be pure jazz) Is that because whatever drummer I'm playing with isn't doing his job, or am I letting out an important piece of my soloing approach and that is to keep the groove going while playing something that has a melodic approach? Melody brings me to another question and this is my other big problem. When all of those other instruments take a tacet, you aren't playing over any chords. Do you then base your melody on the chord pattern of the song (even though it's not being played), do you make up your own progression in your head that is different from the chord progression of the rest of the song, and base your melody around those chords, or do you disregard chord structure all together and just play whatever comes to you at the moment, no matter if it follows a chordal center or not? I also want to avoid cliches, such as using pentatonic runs in rock/blues songs and such. How should approach that, cause it seems like when I try to stray from pentatanic runs and blue notes in those styles of music, the solo sounds like it doesn't fit. I hope I did't sound to much like a goober with these questions. I greatly appreciate you reading and answering my questions.