Hello, fellow bass-heads. A question I've been posing recently: To this moment I've been playing rock and pop-rock covers, with basslines that are mostly riff-like or straight-8th pumping. Son not a huge area for creativity. The thing I could play in the song was quite strictly defined. And recently I'm trying to tackle more of chord progression + groove kind of songs (think soul or Clapton's or Jacksons ballads) The bass there is very different: A general rhythmic pattern and chord progression. The bass is not playing the same thing all over again, but just outlines the progression, makes movement adding notes here and there, almost noodling stuff. A lot of freedom in playing bass how you want. How do you proceed usually to make basslines for these songs? You listen and you hum? you improvise directly? The basslines of, say, Nathan East or Bob Babbitt seem so spontanious. How do you work this out? Exercises maybe? Jamming to common chord progressions?