Sorry to blast this out onto the 'net like this with no provocation, but I'm so frustrated it's just brimming over. I have been playing off and on for 35 years, and I just stink. It's not that I'm not "musical," or have no ear, or whatever. I just seem to have a physical limitation. I'm not fast, or smooth, whatever. I make mistake after mistake. Learning to slap? I forever SOUND like a guy learning to slap. Playing fast riffs? "Sweeping"? My MOTHER sweeps better than me. At this point I just feel like flinging every single axe out onto the street and letting the garbage pickup collect 'em tomorrow morning (can you imagine driving by and seeing an Alembic neck sticking out of the garbage can?) Part of the problem is finding anyone who wants to play, and has the same level of interest I do. If I were a bad golfer, at least I'd find SOMEONE to play golf with (in fact, I'd probably be popular). But who the **** wants to fool with an over-the-hill spastic bass-player? I give up, I really do.