Before flaming, read carefully. If you still feel like flaming, read my additional posts. If you disagree, please reread the subject line. I don't mention you or your career in it anywhere. "Things I wish people had told ME." We play the bass. So play the bass line. Practice with the metronome all the time. Practice like a drummer. Don't waste your time slapping and tapping. If you do, learn how to play stuff legitimately. How many cats can play Eruption on the bass?!!! Who here can slap Teen Town. Including the bridge? Never spend more time working on double thumping than you do on playing Larry Graham and Louis Johnson lines. Learn how to read. Learn how to read. GO learn how to read. NOW. Transcribe. All the time. Take lessons. ALWAYS. Nobody cares what type of "chops" you have. People care how rocksteady you can be, how many styles you can play well, how well you can read, if you are nice and fun to be around, and if you'll look cool in their band. Period. And finally, Get off the internet and go practice.