Basically, I go long period playing on my own, writing and practicing, with intermittant bursts of studio playing with a great group of guys. Something that really helps my writing was the ditto looper as far writing, but i just discovered that loopers are great for composing solos, because you can just take endless passes until you get it just right. However, the one I own, only stores one song at a time, and I sure would like to go back to some stuff I wrote. For some reason having the back track coming out of the amp as opposed to my crappy computer speakers gives it a much better feel as far as performance goes. I also like it better than having to play engineer on home demos, because it totally ruins the vibe. Does anyone have any good and afforable recommendations?