Hey all, Question for you. I play in an original band that is along the likes of Dave Matthews, PJ Harvey, Sting...More sophistocated indie [read not standard] rock-ish music. The bandleader asked me tonight after rehersal if on some songs, when it comes time for me to put in a solo fill if I could simplify some of my lines a bit. Some to the extent that if I wanted to, I could just play the line on just one string all up the neck [Zzzzzz]. When it comes time for my solo parts, I certainly do not go noodling off in left field but I do have my interpretation of the song as a whole and while I can certainly find the melody line in what I am doing, I at least think that it adds an interesting foil to what the song is about. She wants it to be super simple and I tend to see that as a bit amateur [am I putting musicianship above the song?]. She loves George Martin type melodies and complementing instrumentation and as far as guitar solo's go, one of her favorites is Nirvana's "Come as you are". While I think that solo was a good fit for that song, I thought it was crap. I am even having a more difficult time learning these simple lines at times than playing the more complex solo lines that I am used to [I tend to be more of an improvisationalist by nature, feeling where the music is going and I can land on my feet pretty well under gig pressure]. I have no problem in speaking my mind with this band so there is no problem with compromise a bit but I really do want to do my best for the band and I want what is best to support the song. I guess that in my mind, I am only doing what is best for the band by playing near or at my limit, whether that means speed, digging in with feel or just interesting lines...just something that seems worthy of my experience I guess. I am so into polyrhythmic phlo and color, and she wants the memorable little line that you end up humming. In any of your experience, have any of you been able to achieve the communion of the two. Or could any of you direct me to some fine players that you think do this melding best. Thanks alot guys, M.E.