I hope its okay for me to introduce myself here. Long time lurker first time poster. I play bass mostly for acoustic worship groups. Mostly gutiars, some hand percussion, and ocassional piano. My first love is acoustic guitar. However everywhere I go there will be several gutiar players and no bass players. So I play bass. I am self taught... but I seek out all the help and advice I can get. Virtually all the advice that I have gotten can be sumerized as RULE #1 Above all else lock in the with kick drum. Roots and Inversions when called for are almost always okay, 5ths are also often okay. Anything else proceed with extreem caution you are going into uncharted territory. One day while rehearsing... I wanted a more laid back vibe. I wanted something people would snap their fingers to. I don't even think we had a hand pecussionist that day. In my head I started to imagine a drummer playing a super laid back grove. I started playing to that grove and tried something new... I added a pernounced pause and/or rest right where the snare should be. Something magical happened. Those with guitars started tapping their feet... those with free hands started snaping. As a side benifit the whole group became much tighter. So here it goes.... RULE #2 Leave space the for the snare! By playing interseting and creative rests you can imply a line that is much more complicated than you could ever play with notes allowing you more influence over the music while also leaving more room for everybody.