Am I out of line for saying this? It is just my opinon though. Most times, I find that parts written for studio bass players are boring and uninspired. I've found some interesting lines in some music. (Seals second album comes to mind, and of course, a lot of the Motown recordings) For the most part, it seems like the person writing the music to record doesn't give much thought to the bass. I think when they are writing the bass part, they just happen to look over at the guitar chart and say "Hmm, he's playing a Cmin7, then a Bb, then a Cmin again". Then he scibbles down C, Bb, and C again, just to be played as root notes. Granted, there is a such thing as over playing a bass part, and putting to much in. But I know when I hear a lot of these songs, there could be a lot better bass parts going on, then there is. Still, I'm unaware on how many studio basses read actual standard notation, and how many read charts, Nashville Number, ect. What are your opinions. Agreements, disagreements.