Not looking for guidance, just whining because I can.... As my fans know, I'm pretty long winded so TLDR at bottom... I've been looking for a second project (current band isn't keeping me busy enough) so have been watching the CL ads for a few months. Responded to a "dance" band ad about six weeks ago. In typical CL fashion, I didn't hear anything for about a week. Then out of the blue the BL reached out and asked if I was still interested. We exchanged emails including their playlist and website address. I watched a few 8 year old videos (not videos of 8 year old people!) on their site and found them to be a very polished act, which intimidated me a bit - I'm not sure I'm really "shiny" enough to fit. We chatted on the phone for about an hour and he said he'd get back to me regarding audition list and date. This band plays a lot of stuff I'm familiar with from my young adult years, but the genre is not something I've really ever worked on - a lot of disco/light fink type stuff along with some somewhat newer "club" music. Some of it I love, some of it I hate. I didn't think much about it until I started working on a few of their songs - "Wow - I need some different chops for this stuff!". Just don't have a vocabulary for this yet. So while waiting to hear from him, I decided that some of this stuff should be in my catalog regardless of my audition results, so I created charts for all their playlist and started working through the list a bit. Most of it is pretty simple form and pretty simple in general - just not something I've worked on, so my instincts can't kick in. They're a working band and have had a couple of gigs this month, so I expected it to be a little bumpy process, but after having not heard from him after a week, I reached out to him. I think I somehow slipped through the cracks of his process, because I got a "sorry it took so long to reach out, can you audition on Wednesday after the other guy we have auditioning?" (two days). If the songs had been more in my lane, I might have gave it a go, but they're not so I told him that was a little ambitious, can we do it the following week. He said he'd try to get it scheduled. I poured all my spare time into really working out the 6 songs he asked me prep for the audition. Was pretty close to just calling it off because after the second day - I felt I was getting nowhere and was on course to embarrass myself. Not having a disco-like vocabulary was really getting in the way and I wasn't about to show up for an audition with out solid lines. For me, those disco octaves are tough and when I miss something, it sounds like crap! But this isn't the first time I felt this way - on more than one occasion, I've felt inadequate for a new genre and almost bailed before the audition, but went anyway and not only did I not embarrass myself, I landed the gig - so I just kept at it and finally, by about Sunday, I had lines I was comfortable supported the groove properly and I was able to play with confidence. Not the original lines for the most part (in some cases by a long shot!), but appropriate and passable. Oddly, one of the ones that has taken the most effort is the song on their list that I knew the best - "Sweet Child 'O Mine". They do it a step and a half up from the original and I ran out of neck to play the solo the way I had been, so had to burn it in using a new fingering. Normally transposing is not a big deal for me - because I'm normally not so far up the neck and not typically trying to pull of an iconic solos - but such a specific and known solo required the effort. I heard from him again on Monday and said he couldn't get the band together for an audition this week (gig this weekend). "We have a temp guy for our gig in September, but we're not sure he's going to work out. I'd like to meet with you. Would you consider subbing for us?" I told him, I might be interested, what did he have in mind?" and haven't heard from him. Again, an out of town gig this weekend is probably distracting him This all seemed very weird to me for such a polished band. It is a CL ad, so some of this is par for the course, but it sure seems odd that 1) they have such poor communication habits and 2) they are going to do a gig next month with a bass player that they're just "settling on" without even hearing all options. Since it's a new genre to me, it's quite possible that I'd stink up the room, so I may not be the answer, but still, had they been a little more organized, they may not have had to settle on someone. If it was the usual situation, I'd be long gone - the poor communication is a peeve, but this would be a step up for me in terms of level of gigs, pay, musicianship and definitely good for my resume, so I'm being patient and trying to not rock the boat. At this point it's just something that might happen if I'm still available when/if he calls me. I'm a little annoyed after putting all the work I have into learning their stuff - have basically ignored my current band's stuff (not that it needs a lot of attention). Most of my effort has been because I wanted to expand my catalog, but it would have been at a different pace had it not been for a pending audition. I am finding that some of my technique gaps are closing a little because of this (my octave grooves are improving!) and I'm much more comfortable in the genre now, so at least I'm growing from this and will be more prepared if they call back or if another opportunity pops up that utilizes this genre. I doubt I'd plan to be a sub for this project though. As much as I'd like to start building that reputation, that's just a huge amount of music that really doesn't fit anywhere else to have to keep sharp on - very few songs that cross over into other bands I've played with. They would be fine with the use of charts on a tablet, which helps, but it's just all the little stuff that regular rehearsals bring that make some of this stuff work. Never say never and all that, but it doesn't seem likely that I'd be a good sub for them. Anyway, thanks for listening - I feel better now. TLDR: Put a lot of effort for an audition with a band with poor communication and audition never materialized. Growing as a bassists despite the headache.