a lot of very, very good advice and sound observation here. let's see if i can add something that completely wrecks that. for me, it's been about having big ears. it depends not only on the music being played, but also on the musicians you're playing with. i adjust my playing to suit the style and the musicians. i'm really lucky to be involved with several very different bands, so i get to be as straight, or weird, as i wanna be. bottom line, it's all about the music. if you're not adding to it, you're taking away from it. sometimes one note in the right- or wrong- place, can make or break a song. we have power!