I was watching part of a video I downloaded off Kazaa - an interview with Jaco (Pastorius - I think he's a famous musician...). Anyways, he said that the first thing he learns is the melody to a song. That way, he can learn to be a better melodic bass player. He says that most musicians never bother learning the other parts of songs. Anyone here who actually learns to play the melody on the bass? Beyond learning to play it by ear, does anyone break it down on paper? Any tips on how to connect the melody with the bass parts?