I've really gained a lot from past threads I've started discussing theory, especially jazz theory. I like to post on this side of the board because double bassists seem to apply the concepts I'm interested in much more often than toy bassists do. That being said, I'd love to hear some opinions from everyone, regarding: How much does your bassline vary during a jazz tune? If I use an example, of let's say, AFTERNOON IN PARIS, (I don't know why that example), after playing through the AABA and returning to the original A section, how much do you change up your line through the changes the second time, or third, or fourth, etc.? Because my jazz chops are not even close to "strong" I find that I lean on a certain lick over certain changes. If there are some quick changes, or odd changes, I will probably play the same line over that passage, each time I get to it. I'm pretty comfortable improvising over repetitive chord structures, (and if anybody remembers my earlier posts, that's saying something. I've put A LOT of time and practice into that). I think I'm asking the questions just to get a sense of what the other cats out there are doing, and to get a feel for everyone's techniques: - do you vary up your line constantly, or do you have certain little licks that you keep for certain changes, that are played over and over? - how much does your line change, rhythmically and melodically, during solos? - do you have certain "tricks" or patterns that you stick to? - etc.? If anybody else can expand on this, it would be appreciated.