I've been to a few auditions now, where, after telling the band that I'm unfamiliar with a song, they will say "just try to follow along." Then, they start playing and I start frantically searching for notes that sound right. Usually, I will stare at the guitarist's left hand and hope he's playing barre chords, so I can figure out the root note. There's got to be a better way. Sometimes, I'll ask what key it's in, and they won't know. I keep telling them, all I need is the chord progression and a few measures of the song. I say this because I feel totally incompetant. Should I be expected to do this, and just work on ear training? Or, is this an unreasonable expectation for the band members to have? I read somewhere about "cheating" through a song, what is the idea behind this?