hi kids! wanna be taken seriously? want the folks on this here board to answer your questions and not give you a hard time? here's an easy 3-step program that, when followed along with the usage agreement, will practically _guarantee_ that that will happen and that your talkbass experience will be a rewarding one. 1. pick a user name that isn't stupid. for instance, an example of an idiotic user name is suck(deez)nutz (actual (soon to be former) tb user name, i kid you not). to the folks with the penchant for "nutz/sack/weener" user names, i know you're just trying to be "cool" and "funny" but you're actually being "retarded" and "juvenile". there are guys on this site who've merged "juvenile" and "funny" with success and aplomb and have done so since before you were born. give up your feeble attempts now - you're embarassing yourself. 2. don't use l33t/a0l sp33k or the general run-on gobbledeegook that is common place on many "dragon ball z" and "mary kate and ashley fashion" boards (i'm guessing). if we can't read your posts, you're going to be ignored at best. actually, at best, you're going to get the web equivalent of a "knicker-pull and spank". you may enjoy it (probably not), but not nearly as much as the regs here will enjoy delivering it. 3. be respectful and courteous. experienced, talented and professional folks come around here because they really want to help out their fellow players, including (often times especially) the beginning, younger folks. bust their chops at your peril. many of them have a lot more "cocky", "clever", "snide" and "sarcastic" chops than you can imagine, on top of their bass experience, and ooo, boy, most of the folks around here are just chompin' at the bit to take a 16 bar "cocky" solo in the key of "snide". don't give them a reason. follow these guidelines and suggestions and you will find this place is very helpful and a cool hangout. don't, and i bet you're not going to like us very much.