OK, I'm sure part of my problem here is vocabulary, but here's my current(one of many) issues: When I try to write a bassline(improv or sit down and work it out), they seem disjointed. I can come up w/ a cool sequence of notes, but there always seems to be something missing. It's at it's worst when you're "stuck" on one chord. So, say I've come up w/ a one bar pattern and I've got 4 bars to play it, it seems to sound like I"m jumping back to the start at the beginning of every measure. The one popular bassline I can think of that suffers from this is "Groove is in the Heart"/"Bring Down the Birds". It's got groove, but feels very boxed. The feeling I have is "Ok, that's that measure is over, let's start over". I had a song in mind when I started this post on what I'm looking for... but now I can't remember at all! Of course, a 4 bar pattern would remove the "internal box", but then it's less of a pattern... Also, when switching chords I get that same feeling too. Sort of an "OK that part of the song is over, let's do something else or just change the root". So the box is still there. Chromatic lead-ins also help, but really just add a tiny connector and covering more octaves makes it less obvious... I'm not even sure what the question is... maybe "Does anyone else ever feel this way?" or "Any other advice on breaking the box?" Or "Is there a better way to describe this?" or even "do you have a clue what I'm talking about?" Hah!