I am actually a bass player.. Though as a worship leader, I play guitar. The bass is easily the instrument that I play the best though. I'm with you.. I'm more of a groovy player. For a number of years I played bass in a Ragge/Fusion band.. And obviously in Ragge music, the bass kind of carries the show. I am personally a fan of very complex bass lines.. Victor Wooten is one of my idols. I will also say that Norm Stockton is on the list of people who inspire me too.. Though, since I've started to listen to Lincoln Brewster (who norm plays bass for) I haven't played a lot of bass. Once upon a time, as a worship leader, I led from the bass.. Which according to every musician I ever did a concert or conference with, that was very rare.. The reason I now play guitar is because we had lost 2 of our guitarist in 1 year, so I needed to step up.
I think I may know the reason for the lack of groove that you speak of.. Simply put.. From my experiences any way.. Bass players are hard to come by.. In my band, our bass player wasn't even a bass player before he stared playing with us.. He was a cello player, and I handed him my bass, and gave him the famous Jack Black line from School of Rock "this is a bass, it's like a cello, you turn it to the side, and CELLO you've got a bass." His bass lines are very basic, but, it gets us by. I would assume that other people may be in similar situations, and this is why we see a lack of groove in the bass line.
I could be totally wrong.. I know in my situation, that is why.. And I do know there are a lack of bassists, so, I think that's the problem.
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