Lately i've been on a Marc Johnson kick, listening to mostly the Enrico Pieranunzi stuff. (by the way, i'm embarrased that i've been into jazz for 15 years, and never heard Enrico until recently. I was burnt out on Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans trio stuff, cause i listened to it so much, so this was a refreshing combination of both trios...) Anyways, i've been getting back into playing lately, but listening to Marc makes me want to plant flowers in the f-holes of my bass. Ugh. I could practice 4 hours a day for years and not come close to that. I know I shouldn't compare myself to other players, but geezuz. As soon as i think i'm pretty decent, i listen to him and know i have about 8000 more miles to go in my playing. I like his diatonic stuff. Following along in the music on the Chuck Sher book, it doesn't seem like he's doing anything super out there. It's the way he plays the **** that makes it sound so good. I think i'll try and play the crap out of my major/minor scales and practicing doing all the scalar/chordal variations, like 123, 234, 345, etc, until i can rip up and down the fingerboard in any key, with ease and confidence.