This is a follow-up of the 'unique technique' thread in the 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' forum. Here's the original thread OK, I've chosen to post the reply in this forum because I think it's more appropriate for what I want to talk about. For those who agree with me I invite you to post your replies here; and for those who don't, please do whatever you feel like doing. I suppose there are three things that I'd like to say. 1. I find it quite amazing that for a musician who's played for several decades, all he seems to boast about is the number of strings on his bass and the technique he's been working on. I always regard Beethoven as one of the greatest musicians, even though I know nothing about his technique or gear. 7 string bass? Big deal. 2. I've been much inspired by the discussion on Mr. Garry Goodman's unique technique. I'd like to thank him and everyone else who's contributed for sharing their thoughts (and music, in Mr. Goodman's case). After reading most of the posts on the 'unique technique' thread, I think my view on the importance of technique and musicianship, among other things, has become a lot clearer. 3. A question to Mr. Goodman: What's your view on the possibility of utilizing your technique on a Chapman Stick? (I think it's a wicked instrument.) Also, I'd love to hear your rendition of 'Autumn Leaves' and 'Portrait of Tracy'.