Background: I got my first bass either in 7th or 8th grade on my birthday, and of course I was very clueless as to how to practice, and I would assume that I didn't *really* learn a single song. Fastforward to high school when I joined the jazz band and was forced to learn how to read, albeit poorly. I spent most of my time learning Iron Maiden songs (most of the time incompletely). In summation, I wasn't a *real* musician. Up until 11th grade, I never really understood music, at all. Didn't know who Miles Davis was, the only James brown song I had listened to was "I feel good", didn't know that what the drummer is doing is subdividing beats, didn't know how to construct chords, had never even heard the word "pocket" in a musical sense, didn't know what a groove was. Basically, I was a musical idiot. And I still am in many respects. It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I decided to really study music for myself. Now I'm 20 years old, attended Victor Wooten's first three week bass/nature camp, and am a music major. I've played two paid gigs, one a broadway gig that really forced me to strengthen my reading skills because there was mixed meter, a concept I never encountered, and some very difficult bass parts. I would like to think that I've gone a LONG way since I first played bass, considering I've just about learned "I Heard It through the Grapevine" by Gladys Knight. But of the many gaps in my playing, there are two that I want to fill because of the sheer popularity (including the employability that comes with mastering them) and importance when it comes to progressing to *that place* that I want to go. Rock and Blues. Due to my very selective choices when it comes to learning songs, I am trapped in a sense that most, if not all of my bass lines are derived from Jamerson's note choices with my own spin of rhythm on top of them. I don't understand how to make a rock bass line, because everything I play involves a crapload of chromatic passing tones, making them sound "busy". Please treat me as if I have been living in a cave for my whole life in respect to knowing about musicians of a particular style. I may have heard them and even listened to them a lot, but I still want you to tell me every artist that I should give a listen to, and spend time transcribing in order to be thrown into a situation where I need to come up with a bass line of these two styles. Most of my basslines are derived from motown styles and james brown. I'd like to think I'm solid on theory, so I won't have a problem using it cl to come up with a technique of making a bass line of either of these styles, but I'd like to know everything you can possibly tell me. My current practice routine consists of: Starting on F major, singing it ascending and descending, then like Do-Re-Do, Do-Mi-Do, then backwards. Then, without playing it, I sing a perfect fourth above and then sing that major scale. I continue this till I cycle all the way through. Then I do the same, but with Perfect fifths. Then, Major Sixths and so on. I then work on one of the etudes in John Patitucci's 60 melodic etudes, in order to use more of the fretboard.