I'm hoping my sagely peers here can give me some advice on this... I am working on escaping/deprogramming my 'root bias' when it comes to walking basslines. But where I really find the challenge is in my soloing. When it comes to my turn to take a solo, I keep falling back into this mode where I feel that I have to constantly imply the chords. Taking Coltrane's Mr PC as an example, the changes are: 4 bars Cm 2 bars Fm, 2 bars Cm 1 bar Ab, 1 bar Gm, 2 bars Cm So what I end up doing is soloing: 4 bars C blues 2 bars F blues, 2 bars C blues 1 bar Ab Lydian, 1 bar G phrygian, 2 bars C blues and always starting off on the root (especially for the Ab, G, and C at the end). It's kind of a compulsion... since the only thing accompanying me is the drums, there is nothing but my implying the chord, thus I feel it is my responsibility to keep the chord changes heard. I won't even attempt to solo over something like "I've Got Rhythm"... the thought of trying to solo with a different chord change every two beats terrifies me! Is this something I should accept and live with, or can I strive for something more?