Hi all, I need to get some things off my chest with which I hope/assume some of you struggle as well. Context: -I study music at the Popsoul Studio in Antwerp, Belgium. At the start of the academic year (October) we were put in combos according to our level of skill and expertise. With this combo we practice 3x a week for 1.5 hours. We can propose songs we'd like to do, as long as we write them out ourselves and if the teacher thinks it's an appropriate song (not too difficult for the other members, not something we've already done several times throughout the year style-wise, etc.). -I've been told I have good ears, which is true I guess because I learned most of the songs I know by ear. -Our guitarist hasn't been playing for very long, so he's not very skilled technically, but he works very hard and he's just a great guy to have around, so no issues there. The thing that's been bugging me lately is that I get the impression that I'm taken for granted. It's like everyone assumes I can play anything because I tend to pick up new things relatively quickly, but they don't realize this puts quite a lot of pressure on me. And when our guitarist manages to play a fairly easy lick, our drummer and singer (both girls) can't seem to praise him enough for it. I realize this makes me sound very bitter and jealous, and I guess I am in a way. Also, when I play a little line or phrase I made up myself to make a song more interesting, no one seems to notice but me. I know the bass isn't typically a very ego-based instrument, and I'm not at all after attention, but I hope you'll agree it's nice to get some encouragement and appreciation for stuff like this. I'm also going through a bit of a rough patch so I often find it hard to focus on my playing, which makes me feel like I'm ruining our rehearsals for them. I've never been the most happy person in the world, it's simply my nature to be a bit gloomy most of the time. But since my combo-mates are very hyper and happy most of the time, I tend to feel like the depressed one. I'm aware this makes me come across as a bit of a depressed prick, I just wanted to put it out there because I hope some of you have felt the same.