It's taken me months to find out how to make the bass line in my Finale music software programme sound like an electric bass and not like a double bass played pizzicato. The way it all went right was thus: I put a couple of duck eggs on to boil in the kitchen then went back to the sofa to continue working on the problem and forgot about the eggs. Half an hour later, there was a loud eggsplosion as they exited from the saucepan. At the very moment this occurred I discovered how to get that electric bass sound. The two events must surely be connected.