I'm in intermediate bass player. I can play mostly anything from jazz to funk to stoner... you name it. but one thing that's been bothering me lately is being stuck on octaves. whatever key i'm in, I unwillingly get stuck on playing the octave of the root note. this may sound strange judging on the large number of notes on the bass, but it just happens especially when slapping. I know each note in each scale in each shape, but can anyone give me some insight into some new theory or how to write more articulate bass lines beyond octaves and fifth or something?