I saw two touring bands recently that had bassists who had technique that rubbed me the wrong way because of how it looked. The bassist for Mr. Crowe's Garden (the Black Crowes) played a Sadowsky 4-string jazz through a Mesa 400/Ampeg 810. His onstage tone was decent, FOH was good also and not too boomy (which is atypical of the room he was in) I actually thought it was a little too chunky sounding. He utilized a finger-style that used all four RH fingers and he floated them around never planting his thumb anywhere. It looked like he was grabbing at the strings clumsily and it looked pretty awkward. His playing was OK and that's the important thing but I really was put off by watching him. I really enjoyed the show otherwise. I saw the Go-Go's in A.C. on Friday (hey, the G.F. went to see Medeski, Martin, & Wood with me, at least I got to gamble a little... Made out pretty good at the roulette wheel). We had seats at a table right at the front of the stage. My G.F. was literally leaning on it. The bassist picked a P-bass through a an SVT/Classic 810. I don't play with a pick but I can appreciate good pick tone. Her tone wasn't that great nor was her playing. She picked over the second to last fret or so and she looked like I feel when I pick... Goofy. She sounded too boomy (no substance to her sound at all) onstage and FOH was cleaned up a little but not much. Overall, this show was actually a good time. Vocals were surprisingly good and the drummer was entertaining and save for a couple of botched chords here and there, the guitars weren't all that bad. So, how important is it to look like you know what you're doing? I've never really made a conscious effort to "look cool" when I'm playing. I had a video of my one band playing at a party. IMO, I sounded pretty good and didn't look too toady technique-wise. I've seen peope dig in with picks and get great tone that I enjoyed watching and listening to. John Entwistle used all four fingers and grabbed and pulled at strings but he did so with utmost grace and style. If these recent venues weren't so intimate and I was not so close to the stage, I most likely wouldn't have these gripes on aesthetics. If they had the most righteous tone I'd heard in a while, I'd say who cares what it looked like. What are your thoughts on this?