After taking up bass fairly late in the game, I am now in a couple of original bands, including one that plays my favourite style of music: progressive rock. This is a band situation, but the guitarist is the de-facto BL, simply because he started the project, writes most of the material and has strong opinions on the music. All well and good, except that it now turns out that the guitarist also tends to write all the bass lines (and has some suggestions for drum parts as well), for all his songs. Now, never in a million years did I think that I'd play in any band where I, as the bass player, doesn't write his own bass parts. One of things that I enjoy most about original music, is coming up with my own riffs and lines. On top of this he also has strong opinions about the WAY that I play, including with/without a pick, slapping, thumb, etc. I have put my foot down about that last part, but still...the suggestions come. At this point we have come to a sort-of-compromise, where I agree to play his bass parts, if I am free to interpret and play them, the way that I want to, and in ways that best suit my abilities. I seem to be better at this agreement than him. Now, I like the music, enjoy the hang, don't hate the bass parts he writes and want to stay in the band, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that it is frustrating for me, to have parts written for me (parts that are oft-times obviously written by a guitarist), which I have trouble, at times, both playing and putting my whole heart into. I am also a writer and do write some of my own stuff, which obviously involves bass parts written by me (which he is fine with), but it is challenging to consistently come up with enough quality songs that suit the band, so this is not a real solution. Not sure what to do. Thoughts? Is this something that you would be okay with?