Ive been playing just over two years. While I have jammed with a few different friends in some informal situations, I have yet to play in a band. I am by no means a great player yet, but I know that I am good enough to play in a cover band / bar band, and that is what I want to do. I want to play gigs. I dont know anybody who is looking for a bassist and I dont network very well so my plan is to respond to musicians wanted adds. So now I need to get ready to audition. Having never auditioned I am wondering what usually happens. Will the band tell me what to play ahead of time? Will they ask me what I want to play? Will they expect me to improvise anything? Will I play solo for them or will they want me to play with them? Im sure these things vary quite a bit, but Id just like an idea of what some common scenarios might be. I had a friend who is a serious guitar player tell me a story of an audition for a national touring act. He said that there was a bunch of guitarists to audition and that they ran it kind of like the gong show. He said the guy that got the gig walked out on stage with his guitar on and a boom box in one hand. He set his tape player down, hit play proceeded to play along with a mix tape. He played well and got the gig. My buddy (who had never been to such a big audition) was impressed yet a little surprised - for some reason it struck him as odd (the playing with the tape) Im really not sure what he expected or considers a normal way to audition. I guess thats what Im looking to learn what would be a normal way to audition for a band?