Just some general advice to whoever that I've been thinking of... Something that I struggle with as a bassist is feeling insecure and inadequate in my playing abilities around other people. I want to be good at what I do, and for a while it was really keeping me from getting out there and playing. I'm not a perfectionist by any means, but when you play with people (especially those you don't know) you want to have a certain amount of 'headroom' so you can work with them and learn new stuff. I thought about it and decided the source of those feelings was not being able to play the really challenging stuff. Then I realized that this is a good thing, it means I'm challenging myself to further my abilities. My coping mechanism: go out and watch some really bad bar bands and realize that there are plenty of people out there with less ability and imagination than me.