Hello Everyone, I am not sure if I am posting in the right area, however, I am new to this forum. Let me explain my situtation. I am a female guitarist and have been playing guitar for 8 years. I can play rhythm and lead guitar. It was always my dream to be a hot shot female guitarist in a local band. I love all kinds of music and practice all the time. I have never played professional but ocassionally play with other musician pals of mine. Okay so to make the longs story short. I really want to play in a band and someday play professional alot of people tell me I should go professional and that I am wasting my talents playing to the four walls of my bedroom... So, I have been looking in our local musician paper for guitarist wanted...Well, guess what I keep finding? Bassist player wanted, GOOD bass player need, Dedicated Bass player wanted badly, etc. What? What has happened to all the guitar spots? A fellow musician friend of mine who also taught me to play guitar told me that if I really want to work as a musician I should learn to play bass. Okay, I am willing to learn bass, and to be truthfully honest I can play with my fingers...I don't use a pick (I dabbled a little in flamenco guitar) and have no problems using my index and middle finger to pluck bass... I really want to work as a musician, however, my stupid eqotisic guitar personality tells me that if I switch over to playing bass I would be comprimising to an easier instrument. Now wait before you all throw tomatoes at me I KNOW BASS IS NOT AN EASY INSTRUMENT TO MASTER! But it's the ego guitarist in me that is afraid if I switch over what would my family and friends, think.... I know that shouldn't stop me from wanting to play....But, as stupid as this may sound I feel like my idenity is a guitarist and that everyone knows me as a guitarist.. I know this is all mental...I would love to try and be a bassist ... If I do make the switch I want to be pretty darn good at my instrument... How do I tell my egosticial brain to shut up and get over the guitar ego thing and humble myself to start learning how to groove and keep time... Should I just go ahead and try playing an not pay attention to family and friends who know me as a guitarist? Is it possible to get good at both instruments I am even starting bass lessons with a promiment bassist and teacher this Saturday... I just hope I have the heart of a bass player and not the heart of a guitar player.. Sorry for the long email and I hope to get some good advise from this cool forum... Thanks, Greekbassist!