Ok, here's the scenario: I have a gig coming up on the 25th. (LaPena Cultural Center in Berkeley@ 10 PM, if anyone's interested). I'm basically accompanying another guy who wrote most of the songs we're playing. I contributed two songs which I think are pretty good, but that's enough about me. we're a four piece group with a couple of sit-ins. Anyway, Two rehearsals ago, The other guy's cousin (who was introduced to me as a bass player) showed up and hung around our rehearsal. When the songwriter asked him what he thought, he'd always start his sentences with "The bass" this and "The bass" that. Well, today, I have been asked to let this guy play my bass on a song that was brought in by another family member. No prob. I give the guy my 5 string and he, well, I don't wanna say he was bad, I just don't think playing a three-chord song is as hard as he made it look, even for a guy who never played a 5 before. I mean, he thought the B was the E string (and it didn't sound that much better after I enlightened him). How much credit do you give to people who have "opinions" about your playing? Is the bassist more likely to be picked on because it's a more subjective instrument? How many times does this happen to you? How do you thwart these people? I'm ok. Really. Will C.