For one who aspires to be a studio bassist, I was hoping someone in this field could give me some advice. First of all, when I stay "studio bassist", I'm referring to someone who is hired to play someone else's music, and not have much time to prepare before the record button is pushed! (versus a player that goes into the studio to record his/her or his band's own music). My questions are: 1. Which skills are the most vital for this profession? a. Being able to sight read music on the fly. b. Being able to quickly find a nice groove or bass lick. c. Being rock solid tight with the rest of the rhythm players. d. Being fluent with many different styles of music (Latin, slap, jazz, rock etc.) 2. How vital is it to have multiple basses and effects at the ready, or is one "good" bass sufficient to cover any sound or tone that the client may want? 3. What keeps them calling YOU back for the next session? I know a lot of this depends on the music that is being recorded and different types of clients etc. And please don't say "all of the above" But, I guess what I am looking to know is a percentage break down of what you do in the studio on a daily basis. (ie 20% playing from a chord chart and just doing my thing / 60% palm sweaty sight reading bass lines / 20% playing exactly what the client is describing for you to play. That sort of stuff...) Thanks!