I was brought up to see music as the organization of sound and silence and that the purpose of music was to create a mood. If I had a nickel for eveytime I was told "OK now that you've learned this...forget about it. Let's make music". I'd have a retirement plan. At the time I was a drummer so I had bit more abstract view of music than 'real musicians' :>) Just joking drummers.... lighten up. I just watched the vids on bassplayer.tv and think the approach he takes is very workable. I bought the DVD today and will see how it goes. Oh and to support the notion about notes beng low priority: On one of my early big band recording gigs (playing drums)I was so focused on the music(the notes on paper) I forgot to look at the band director. He did everything he could to get my attention except bang on the drum booth window. The notes won. Thank God they were great people and laughed at the young and inexperienced newbie in the band. I could read my but off and I wanted to prove it. But hey..... where's the music?