I'm stuck in a rut - or that's how it feels. my band has begun writing our own songs, well we've been pooling our ideas - riffs, bits of lyrics etc. so far we've got 2 complete songs, 2 songs without lyrics which is great and i really like the songs, one is balls out rock, the other is a slower funk rock sort of song. i've been trying to come up with some more funk songs, because i love playing that sort of stuff and its great to see people dancing to songs (the funk rock song we wrote gets a great reaction) but...i just can't get any good funk basslines out of my fingers, everything comes out quite rock/punkish, i've tried to cut back on the number of notes i'm playing and focus on syncopation (if that's even correctly spelled!) but nothing's really working i've only been playing bass for about 2 years, so i'm beginning to wonder if my musical knowledge, or more precisely, lack of is what's causing my problem. i'm aware that a lot of funk is mixolydian and blues scale based and so i've started to include them into my practice routine now. i know that the only way to be able to play something is to practice and experiment...so i make drum tracks to play along with...am i just trying too hard? does anyone have any tips? i'm not looking for a "funk kit" that'll instantly make me a funk bass player! or any patterns that you can recommend? i'd really appreciate any feedback at all.