So I posted a fairly active thread here a day or so ago. It got heated, and I admit that I made myself sound fairly arrogant, but it got me thinking. What's the deal with this traditional mindset that I personally feel is so incredibly self-defeating? Not even talking about my thread in particular, just an overall attitude I've seen across TB, where flashy solos, embellishments and whatever is seen like "showing off" (is that even a bad thing?), or "noodling". I've seen a lot of people talk big about "if you wanna get paid", yet all I gather is that the context almost always involves a bar band playing covers over and over and over. It's frankly bizarre to see so many people restrict themselves with BS like "no money above the 5th fret", "bass is support only", "why not just get a guitar" and all the variations. It's insulting to their own potential, and sort of encourages the stereotype that bass is the instrument for underachievers. It's like the entire musical universe consists of oldies and country music to these folks. I get the distinct feeling that you're either bumming out a root every few seconds, or doing some exotic mixed-scale sweep-tapping in the middle of a song, which is not the case. It's like there is no middle ground. You either pluck a single note or two, else you're overplaying. Anybody have thoughts on this?