I got called Thursday evening to play an hour-long jazz gig at the country club with some really fine players on Friday. I didn't know any of their songs, still can't walk worth anything, and can't read the chord spellings without stopping and thinking first what in the blazes they're supposed to mean. But the other players were warned who they were dealing with and called tunes that they thought I'd have the best chance of faking my way through. As far as I can recall I generated doo only about half the time, and the other half of the time I got positive responses that made me feel embarrased that I couldn't offer what I was doing with every song. I simply hate being unprepared to do my best to either support the music being played adequately or knock my own socks off during a solo, but after a year and a half of doublebass lessons I couldn't resist throwing myself out to the wolves to see if I could keep a pace just far enough ahead of them to come out alive. In the end, it was lots of fun and I'm glad to have both been given the opportunity and had the courage to take the opportunity to do that gig. Since one of our moderators has been so kind as to offer soundclips of himself from his website, I've been influenced to purchase one of those K&K gizmos for reasons beyond price and pay more attention to the music theory forum just in case I get called again!