Originally Posted by stratovani
I can only speak for myself, but I simply try to learn their songs and copy what they're playing. After a while what I've learned gets incorporated into my own particular style of playing.
Agreed! Everything I learn seems to find it's way in to my playing at some point, and sometimes I realize just how much I am being influenced by a certain style or player without even trying.
Example: I have been studying "Who Did You Think I Was" w/ Pino on bass, and "The Lemon Song" w/ JPJ on bass of course.
When I have been doing blues jams to warm up at practice, some of the lines I have learned have worked their way in to what I play.
So, I would say that just study the songs you want to learn, listen away from the bass, and it will just evolve naturally.