I am a totally confident player, yet this is something I've come to slightly fear and need to master. I've found that every once in a blue moon I'll hit a studio or stage (not actually sure if its ever happened on stage, yet) and EVERYTHING sounds wrong. Tonight it happened. Unfamiliar amp, couldn't get a sound that was even close to what i'm used to, the room was huge, there was tons of echo and boom, and it just felt and sounded like i was playing an instrument i've never played before. It's a hard thing to describe. If there's something funky and fast that i do - the notes just seem to get completely lost in overtones, or there's a lack of sustain that makes everything i do sound like it's just wrong, or not tight. My instinct is to play harder to make the notes clearer and it winds up just slowing me down and making things even worse. It sucks! It doesn't happen often, but it happened once on an audition for a prety easy but happening gig. Tonight we were working in a new drummer (cuz my dumass drummer broke his hand in a fight) and I was a little bummed that we didn't sound like ourselves. Didn't matter to him as he's a fan of the band and would play regardless - but it ain't cool. I don't like it! Anyone else know what I'm talking about? Anyone have any insight into getting your bass to do what you want it to when everything around you is working against it?