From my blog: http://davebuergeronbass.blogspot.com/2014/02/get-good-at-recording-because-no-one.html The primary traditional focus of a bassist is to master the instrument to play for live performance. Playing live gigs has been what it's all about. In context of how people are consuming music, however, the goal of live performance is an anachronism. Statistically, hardly anyone (anymore) listens to music played by a live band. For example, one study shows the percentage of music consumption in the UK devoted to seeing live performances is just 16%. All other channels of music consumption are virtual - i.e., hearing the music via recordings with various media such as CDs, records, downloads and streaming. If you want your music to be heard, you must master the art of recording and digital distribution. Today's reality is you must go to where the fans are because they're not coming to watch and hear you in a live venue.