I sit here today completely frustrated and bewildered. When I was a kid starting out 30 years ago, I would have killed for a resource like this. There was no way you could communicate with great players worldwide and ask questions and get answers back instantaneously. I thought this would be a place where top-flight players and working pros could pass a little of that knowledge along to others and maybe learn a little something new in the process, as even great players still have lots to learn. I was wrong. Yeah, there are some people on here who really have a desire to learn and they ask good questions and take the answers they get to heart. But there are a ton of people on here who seem to want everyone to reinforce their bad habits, extoll the virtues of their poor technique, and tell them that they can be great musicians without putting any real work into it. Every single day on here I see things that just boggle my mind. I see great players making suggestions and offering advice in the spirit of helping others, and I see people saying how this advice really helped them, and that's cool. And then I see inexperienced players arguing with them and telling them they're wrong. And when you try to explain why certain things are the way they are, or give them real world examples that proves the point you're making, you get replies like "If you're so good, where's all your hit records?" or "The bassist from so-and-so doesn't do that and he's a big star." And it's not high school kids either. It's often adults in their 20's and 30's who should know better. I cannot understand this for the life of me. If all you want is reinforcement of your bad habits, then why do you even ask? I am a working pro bassist with a lot of credentials working with many top-shelf acts. There are quite a few others as well. I am also a beginning double bassist with a lot to learn about it. But when I ask a question to someone like Ken Smith or Paul Warburton on the DB side of Talkbass, I ask it and then I shut my mouth and listen to the answers. If I don't understand something I will ask for clarification, but I would never dream of questioning what they tell me, because I know they've been at it for a lot of years and they know their stuff and I don't. Yet on this side, beginners are always questioning the experienced players like they don't know what they're talking about and stating ignorance as fact, even when there is overwhelming evidence against it. It completely amazes me. But on the bright side, they ARE clearing a path for players like me to take gigs they might have gotten had they not been so hard-headed, so I and the other working pros on here would like to thank you for not getting any better.