How much does your mental state have to do with how well one plays . i think i play alot better when iam relaxed or in a really good mood and having fun . like in my living room at 1 in the morning. But when iam up on stage i feel the urgency to perform better tense up and actually play rubbish. Especially when my fellow bass playing mates from the club down the road pull in to my gig to see whats cooking and say high. Do any of you out there have any techniques that you use to relaxe before a performance or session ( i dont even want to go into how tense i get then) Jaco , Wooten, Bona, tom kennedy . Awesome players!!!!!! but they just human flesh and bone like you and i . yes they have done loads and loads of work. What makes them special is their state mind and i have come to think that this is what seperates the the GODS from the guys. ! I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. any opinion is welcome.