i used to get intimidated all the time by bassists that i thought were lots better than me. while i used to see that as a real problem, i now believe that it was a really good thing as it always had me going home to play and practice all the harder. i'm happy to say it's been a long while since i've felt intimidated by anyone, until.... last nite i did a cover gig and the sound guy looked vaguely familiar. after a while i realized it was this guy i had seen play a few times years ago that i thought was GOD on the bass. he was the tightest, most proficient player i ever saw in the club scene, could play anything. he was just one of those guys that wows you. blows you away. i got intimidated. my brain told me he was ONLY listening to MY playing to see where I WAS doing anything even slightly less than perfect. This was totally untrue of course. My nerves were shot for the first set. I was over it by the second cuz i talked with him a lot between sets. i'm happy to say that i've grown a lot more confident in myself and my playing. i think i started this thread more to offer hope to anyone who suffers from being intimidated as much as i used to, than to complain. i've learned that we all have something totally unique to contribute. victor wooten could never play for the ramones. i read an article once where neil peart admitted to having problems with certain simple grooves. i don't think he'd do much for the stones. these aren't the greatest examples, but the idea is there. lets talk about intimidation.