Any bandmates I've ever had tell me I'm a great bassist, and one of the best they've ever played with. I suspect they have no idea what they are talking about. I've never had any formal bass training...been playing for 20 years, just learning on my own...no teacher, no mentor. I play by ear and feel. But I feel like a total dufus around what I consider REAL bass players...those who know theory, have good technique (I don't even know if I have bad technique, but I'm pretty sure I do), and can sight read. I'm a rock, pop, and metal bassist. That's it. I am always full of confidence around other non-bassist musicians, but when I meet someone who has the training (its obvious), I feel like I'm 6 years old and I don't even want them to see me play. I don't even like trying a bass in a music store. Anyone else have this complex?