What's the best, or worse, advice you ever got from a famous bassist? Bill Dickens once told me not to compare myself or my progress with the players that I listen to. He said, "Look Woodchuck, I'm SUPPOSED to be this good. I've been playing for over 30 years. You are a very good bass player, and the fact that you've only been playing for a year, and sounding like that is amazing. You need to acknowledge your own talent. You're a good bassist." Once I began to see myself differently, my confidence grew, because I stopped telling myself, "I'm not as good as so and so, so I won't do sit ins or jam sessions."