In an effort to push through a plateau in my playing, I've started really digging into method books and even getting lessons (I'm mostly self-taught). Quite a few books, and my instructor have all given me the lesson to practice eighth notes.
The focus is always eighth notes, and, while I get that getting your timing down is important, why is there such a heavy focus on eighth notes in bass guitar? Why not quarter notes or 16th notes?
Most of the songs I play have a mixture of a lot of different note types, so I was wondering if someone could illuminate this for me.