This might seem a dumb question, but it is sincere. I'm not an accomplished player, but I do study and try to improve my ability and understanding of the instrument, and music in general. I have been studying Carl Radle's approach to the bass, and would like to understand it better. Frequently, I find his lines can be played in one position vertically across the fingerboard, like scales, as well as horizontally, as if around chord tones. I'd like to think as a bass player, and approach tunes in the context of what the artist/player would. A few of the tunes I've been getting together are "Keep on Growing", "It's Too Late", and "Bell Bottom Blues", from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. I've also worked through a bunch of "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", Gary Lewis and The Playboys, and early solo Clapton. By ear I can get the notes, but not necessarily the approach that could crystalize the music. Thanks for any help or suggestions to improve my understanding.