Long Story... I'm a self taught(more or less) bass player, riff rock-bluesy bass is my thing. I recently joined my first pure classic rock cover band and I've been having a blast. I've known for years that: A working knowledge of the blues scale, pentatonic and 1-4-5's will get you far in Classic Rock and knowing that, I'm pleased to have easily learned well over half the 40 song set in 3 practices; Deep Purple, Amboy Dukes, Santana, Grand Funk, ZZ Top, SRV, Joe Bonamassa.. Fun! I've had trouble with a couple of songs and sat down for a little self practice and realized that I was having a tough time purely with the Southern Rock/Country boogie songs!? Bluesy.. riffs.. 1-4-5's!? I'm missing something but can't put my finger on it. I can pick out the notes, I can hear the run/returns from the 1 to the 4 to the 5 back to the 1. But I can't play it or fake it to my satisfaction. I can play 'Keep your hands to Yourself' but I'm missing almost every run. This is painfully obvious on a simple bass line like The Black Crowes 'Hard to Handle', I know every single note in the song, up and then down and the guys I'm playing with say that what I'm doing is 'fine', but I know; something is wrong! I'm not hitting the groove like I should and it bugs me. When I extrapolate this to much more difficult bass lines like.. 'Gimme Three steps', 'Train Train' or 'Black Betty', I'm lost... I shudder to even consider any Allmans. I'm not automatically grooving with the drums and I can't feel or understand how and what the transitions are and often I'm having a tough time playing the main riff in a way that satisfies. Don't get me wrong, I don't have to play these things note for note but... I feel humbled by some of the great bass playing and foolish that I've not had appropriate respect. If anyone has any helpful tips or approaches to this style of bass playing it'd be appreciated.