Brief background: Been taking bass lessons for about a month. Still am taking jazz guitar lessons (been doing that for 1 1/2 years). Last night, I got to sit in on my church's band practice. I brought my bass and played along, unplugged, with the band. All good musicians, keyboard, bass, guitar, drums. My guitar lessons have helped a great deal in reading, and knowing where the notes are on the neck of the bass. So, if I look at a chord chart, I can play the root, and occasional fifth, etc. Certainly I have a long way to go, but I wanted to get the feel of what it's like to play with other musicians. Now to the point - The bass player in the band is very good. Fast, reads well, etc. But, he seemed to be all over the neck in almost every song. He was doing a lot of neat stuff, but it was almost too much. I always thought the bass was there to add the groove to a tune. You know, the thing that gets your head nodding, etc. There were a few times that he played very solid patterns, that got the whole band engaged, but most of the time it was like he was soloing, lots of fills, slaps, pops, etc. Am I wrong in my thinking?