When writing bass lines with a band, how does one know when there are too many notes are not enough notes? When should just roots be used and when should scale/chord tones be thrown into the bass part? And here's a specific situation following this question: if one guitar strums a chord and lets it ring, drummer hits bass and crash cymbal and lets it ring, and a second guitar is playing a melody with pedal tones, does the bass let the root of the 1st guitar's chord ring, or does it play a pedal note melody similar (but not exact) to the lead guitar? Might be a stupid question but kind responses would be appreciated. Thanks.