Franz Vitulli, an electric bass guitar player, shares his creative process with readers. He states that his practice sessions often begin with songs with which he is unfamiliar and studies them and practices them until he has, in his words, mastered the song. If he needs to learn a tune quickly for an upcoming gig, he will take a song from his already-mastered catalog, and reduce, adapt or change the piece as needed to fit the particular song for which he is preparing.
Read the full article here:
Franz Vitulli tells us how he creates ideas. Great info. on inspiration.