Sid Vicious couldn’t play bass, and only recorded parts of a single bass track on Never Mind the Bollocks.
Sandy Miranda can play bass, and in 2006 released a studio album, nine 7″s, three cassettes, and a CD.
Actually, that award goes to Buckethead.
Even so, the Sex Pistols are generally considered as one of the most influential British bands. Causing the formation of The Damned and The Clash (Paul Simonon also couldn’t play bass, at first) with both bands playing their first gigs as openers for the Sex Pistols. Then, as the apocryphal story goes, a gig at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall on 4th June 1976 had attendees who would end up founding Joy Division, The Fall, and The Smiths.
How does a band with a bassist who can’t play bass have an influence like that?
Or, a better question – how do have the confidence to join, or even start, a band when you can’t play an instrument?
Sid’s snarled expression helps, you just fucking do it. Because who’s stopping you?
A more restrained statement may be that everyone must start somewhere. Edin Blyton didn’t wake up one day and decide that she was going to write 762 (slightly problematic) books. $FamousFootballer wasn’t born being good at SportsBall. The chef’s on in the Michelin Guide didn’t go from microwave mini-pizzas to whatever it is Heston is doing right now I mean come on.
You may have a vague notion or hope that, some day, you’ll fill a room with your creations, but thinking that success is only that – and nothing else will do – will destroy you.
It is a rather trite statement, but you must see how perfect is the enemy of good, and that it’s actually much more important that you do the thing, rather than obsess over it.
That’s how you learnt every skill you have, and that’s how you’ll continue to improve. Oh, and you’re probably not destined for greatness, and that’s ok! Literally no one is! Again, something doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be worthwhile, or the right thing for you to do.
Even Sid Vicious got better overtime, and by the time he died was…alright? I guess. I mean, he wasn’t John Entwistle – but who is?
Don’t let perfection stop you. Don’t spend more energy talking yourself out of doing something than it would take to just do it.
Print that 7″, and move on.