Hey TB, I'm a newbie to bass (played drums for 10 years, guitar for a little over one, and listened to music for a long time). I love the bass, and I respect pretty much everything about it. But, if I'm going to be in a band, say, just like a standard church band, what does music usually call for in a bass? I know about roots and all that, but if I want to add just a little character so its not just plain roots, what are some paths I could take when playing? I've been introduced to 3rds and 5ths, as well as just some pattern ideas, but if I want to make, say, a funky bass line, or a really nice fill, what should I be looking or thinking in my head? I'm not looking for a set list of steps to think in my head and things for my fingers, but just ideas. I love idea's from other people, so if you feel inclined to share them (description, tab, etc), it would be greatly appreciated. Advice would also be great too! Thanks for all your help, and I apologize if this topic has been beaten in the past.