How many of your parents truly support what you are doing as musicians, being bassits in particular. My parents dont and I don't understand why. Here's my little story (sorry if it seems like I'm bitching, but I've never heard such BS blasphamy) I'm only 14, and I've been playing for about a year, with no lessons at all (I'm still taking guitar, wasting my parents money, because my teacher teaches me nothing about theory or technuiqe, I just pick a song each week and we learn it. I've been taking for under 2 years). Now in no way to I intend on seeming egotistical, but after watching several friends attempt WITH lessons, I realize that I must have something special to be able to do what I can do in this short amount of time with no outside help. But my parents don't want me to play bass, they think I should stick with guitar, because thats the only way to really create music (my ass). They told me you want wow people by doing, and I quote here "bump bump bump.." Then it got on the subject of my brother who also plays (hes taken guitar lessons for 9 years before he was good enough to just stop, then picked up bass 3 years ago) and how good he is, and how because he plays bass, I shouldn't. Aside from slapping, which he is awsome at, I can keep up with my brother in almost every way. So even eairlier today, I went to my local shop, Kentucky Music to pick up my amp after it was finally repaired. The bass instructor who teaches there commented on my amp and how lcuky i was to have it, then he heard me play, and asked if I was taking lessons. I said no, and he told me I should definatly start taking, because if I'm even half-way decent now, after he tought me for a while, I could be that much better (he actually took from Reggie Wooten for a long time) Then he got to talking to my mom, and she mentioned my brother, and he realized he knew us, my brother Jason mainly, and said he was awsome last time he heard him and he understood where I got it. He told me he could make me as good as my brother after a year (hes exaggerating of course, but its good to be complimented every now and again, as I'm sure you well know). My moms only response was that he hadn't heard my brother latly I'm sorry if it seems like I'm bitching, but I think this is all BS on the highest level. I know I'm not that great, but my parents seem to have serious issues with the fact that I'm not as good as my brother after a little more than a year (only around 8 months with MY bass, I used my brothers for a long time). If your parents hate it, lets hear your story, If your parents are proud, its good to hear that too. Share those stories.