I find the general consensus amongst both musicians, and the general music-listening audience is that bass is an 'easy' or 'simple' instrument. I know that on a forum such as this I don't need to defend the complexity of bass. Because of this perception of my instrument, I'm very conscious that my playing has become increasingly more complex, perhaps needlessly over the years of playing my instrument. The old 'less is more' adage and 'make every note count' philosophy in no way apply to my technique. I seem to have some kind of moral objection to playing crotchet root notes in 4/4, I'd rather set my bass on fire. I've found myself confined to playing only jazz because it provides the stimulation I need. Of course, it's probable that this is something unique to me and I'm just pursuing what appeals to my taste. But always in the back of my mind, regardless of the style of music I'm playing, I feel I have an obligation to prove to everyone in the audience that bass is an instrument just as sophisticated as any other. It's as though I'm having to defend the honour of bass players everywhere every time I play. Does this resonate with anyone else here?