There's one common trend I find among bass players within my favorite style of music: they double the guitars and are buried in the mix. Here are some examples: Saosin - Its Far Better to Learn - YouTube The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Face Down - YouTube That's my favorite style of music, and the type of music I'd like to play some day if/when I can start a band. What I don't like though is that I can hardly ever hear the bass, and when I can it's pretty boring. Just 8th or 16th note roots, usually doubling the guitars. I don't want to play like that. But I don't know what else I could play that would fit that style of music. I want whatever I'm playing to be distinct from the guitar parts. Any ideas?