Just feeling like ranting a little about this. I think a lot of people use this these days as a total cop-out. I don't believe that "less is always more", and honestly - at least in the R&R I hear these days, less is usually "lazier", "less creative" and flat out "boring". I've been listening to a lot of 70's lately and I hear lots and lots of simple yet truly outstanding and artful basslines. Paul McCartney is a gret example of someone who can make the simplest basslines wrap themselves around your soul for life. Sorry - but the idea of simplicity today - playing all quarter & eighth notes, following the root - under the guise of being a supportive, groove, "I really know how to lay back and keep my ego at bay" kind of guy/girl - holds little water with me. I think many of the newer bassplayers aren't really giving their all to learn how they can be creatively supportive. I don't know how many strive to be truly artistic in their playing. I think lots of people are picking up the bass today because if you play simply, it is probably the easiet instrument to get involved with. I guess that's cool too (for what it's worth) - just can't handle anymore hearing the babble about "I've learned to be supportive." I think it's better to learn to write great bass lines. I'm done.