Hope you DB folk won't mind this post running parallel with the original post in BG. Hope the Mods are OK with it, too. Basically, I'm middle aged BG player looking to get into Jazz with view to getting gigs playing Jazz on BG. This is effectively my first shot at written music, music theory and Jazz. Here is my post as done 'over the other side':- Ed Friedland's book, Jazz Bass, discusses how to work out the approach notes. He discusses Chromatic, Scale and Dominant methods. I've had a go at them all and understand how they're done, though I'm obviously not profficient. Cutting the story down, I chose one of his pieces and wrote the Root / 5 thing on the staff. I then wrote all the available note names on pieces of paper, cut them out, put them in a hat and drew them for the approach notes. The complete line sounded quite good against his drum + chords on the CD. Now, I'm certain to get flamed for this but I had to give it a go because (it seemed to me) each method of finding an approach note produces a different result. So I reasoned that one method's no better than another. OK, Jazz Gurus, flame me at your will (prolly deserve it anyway) but serious comment / help on this subject genuinely welcome. Thanks.