hmm wonder if thats how you spell "tendancies" Anyway sometimes when I play the bass i tend to act as if it were a guitar and end up overdoing stuff, it gets annoying, every once in a while something will come off cool sounding but yeah it's usually just too much. The other day in church I agreed to practice with the people who do the sunday morning music, a lot slower and calmer than our youth band stuff, and I decided to just chill and play the basic roots of the chords and it came off...good, but boring to play. better than it would have if i did the other weird stuff, but then again the music is a lot different. Anyway when you play general "rock" (how more general can you get?) is the general consensus to stick with root notes or would you say it's ok to jam out a little, and what do you suggest doing differently to keep from getting bored, or is it just something you catch on to eventually? What a weird, ambiguous, and just plain difficult to reply to post!