I *dig* a good countermelody, whetever the instrument - i think a lot of the best music IMHO happens when each instrument complements the others perfectly, so that they all add up to way more than the sum of their parts. The basslines I am most proud of do this, and nail the rhythmic function (I'd like to think at least) while moving around the guitars ... I wanna do this more. Note that by countermelody i dont mean complexity - just keeping on the 5th instead of the root qualifies for example (advice when to do this?) So - how can i get better at writing countermelodies? I'm prepared to accept shouts of "theory!!", but hopefully something a little more focused .. I'm getting (back) into theory a little now but lack direction a little, don't relate it very well to what i play unless it happens automatically .. also any recommended listening will we gladly accepted, anything else you can think to add .. cheers all.