Whats up mike, you are definately one of my favorite bass players and I respect your attitude and work ethic a great deal. You know how to keep it real. Anyway I have seen you play with J a bunch of times, the stooges stuff and the fog. I was wondering I play guitar and write similar songs as J and I often end up playing bass on my own recordings as well as playing bass in a band for about a year now. I understand the notes and scales because of my guitar playing but how to really play base I don't know. I try to switch between using a pick and fingertyle to mix it up. But my bass playing is limited so I only play the root notes and than maybe a little fill in between changes at most the third, fifth or octave of the chord. I know some of J's songs require you to play whatever the root notes are like thumb, it would sound weird if you didn't just play it like the album but other songs like ammaring or sameday you were all over the neck. How did you approach the songs. If a song has the chords G Am C D like 4x and than c d 4x as the chorus how would you approach it. I mean obvousily you can play those notes but what might you want to think about. And as for where to play a note on the bass is that just prefrence somethings just sound better with the open string or on the first couple of fretts and some sound better on the tenth fret. Anyway I hope any of this made sense. Thanks alot.