I've been playing bass in my church band for about a month and a bit now and usually my job is to just chill and play whatever the rhythm guitar is playing. This leads to songs usually being 4 bars of G then 4 bars of D then 8 bars of A... etc etc... I have played lead guitar in the band for nearly 5 years but decided to give bass a try when the bassist stepped down, so I'm used to being able to go ahead and plug in a little something here and there. Maybe it's just my gui****ness talking but i feel like i could be doing more in this position since now with me on bass all we have is a drummer, a rhythm guitar, and every 3 weeks a pianist. My question is how should i go about "spicing" up my bass playing in this situation? If we're playing a song in A and there's a little space to breath with no vocals going on or even in the middle of a verse is there something i can put in to add some personality or flavor to the song? The other side is maybe all i should be doing is sitting and backing up the rhythm all the time. I would really like to improve my playing and i feel like i could pick someone from the front row at random and they could play nearly everything I'm doing currently. Any thoughts?