Just thinking out loud here. I think we all know this situation. You watch a video or listen to a recording of a virtuoso or maybe a ten year old kid tearing it up, and you get that sinking feeling. You're comparing yourself to them. Your first response to that may be one of two: you either say 'I may as well give up playing now, I'll never be as good' (though no one has ever done so!) or you buckle down, fully motivated to improve. I've been there dozens of times. Last night, I was watching Scott's videos about Miller and Jaco. And I had a revelation. Those guys could play circles around me and no matter how much I practice, I'll never obtain even a fraction of their chops. There's no denying it. The same goes for any virtuoso and it's certainly not limited to those two. Insert your favorite chops monster or player here. But it dawned on me that it doesn't matter. They could play anything I come up with the instant they see the music. But they don't and they won't. We're not playing the same music. They would never think of writing music like me. We live in different worlds. Their artistic vision is wholly apart from my own. This means it's unimportant how fast I can go, how well I slap, how wonderfully awful I can solo over Giant Steps. It's not the path I have carved for myself. Virtuosity has no place in the music I want to make. And this music is nothing anyone with monster chops will want to play. This frees my mind on so many levels. For years I have strived to get to someone else's level of expertise. But now, I can still admire their skill and musicality without the need to constantly compare myself to them. Or other musicians period. In the end, we're all just hairless apes flying through space on a giant dirt rock shaped like a potato. Okay, nevermind that last thought. Tell me how you feel about this. Maybe this is the privilege of the niche musician and this line of thinking only works for originals.