Hmmm.... I must admit I'm kind of embarrased of asking this but (sixteenth notes snare drum fill here with timpani in 4ths) I have never relied on patterns (figuratively speaking 'cause no matter what you play you're always relying on them)but I always had kind of made up my own, the problem with this is that I got the fretboard nailed as long as it doesn't have a lot of accidentals but for instance if I try to play something in Gb or F# then I find myself really having to force my mind into the key (I don't know a better way to explain it) even though my fingers "know" the fingerings (there are only so many finger combinations you can use) my brain gets absolutely twisted and I have a hard time working on that tonallity and most times out of pure "and sincere" lazyness I end up transposing the song a half step up or down to a key that I'm familiar with... I didn't use to care much about that (and actually I don't think people has noticed it ) but it's getting kind of anoying... it's limiting... where if you use patterns you can always move it around, although that can limit you to box playing... so I was wondering where do I go from here? should I start getting into patterns for real or should I approach the problem with the system I'd been using... I guess my question would be "is going back to patterns taking a step back?" Any sugesstions and feedback will be greatly appreciated.