At last night's show, I had to start a song by myself and got my fingers stuck in the strings. Not to worry...happens to every bassist now and then. Fortunately, my years of being a semi-professional musician has allowed me to acquire a little wisdom along the way, and while there's no escape from the audience knowing that you just laid a giant egg, I've learned two coping strategies for flubbing up your big moment and making it look perfectly natural: 1. Brush away the imaginary object on the strings that caused you to get stuck. 2. Jiggle the cord so they think it was a short. VERY IMPORTANT: Never do both. That stretches the boundaries of believability too far. Either you had an imaginary object on your strings or you had a short. Can't ever be both. Remember, it's not how well you play, but how well you cover up how bad you play.