Apologies if this is the wrong forum for this We have all heard stories of the pro session player who shows up unprepared and sight reads the music perfectly on the first take, but I wonder what the REAL experience for a pro session player is like. so some questions: How often are you asked to: -sight read specific bass lines -comp through a chord chart, a few specific passages -here's a chart, just do your thing -we'll play the track, you figure it out How much preparation is typical? do you usually show up: - knowing nothing - having heard nothing, but knowing genre/artist/expectations - having listened to a scratch track once or twice - having prepared your own charts ahead of time How many takes does it typically take? How much perfection is typically expected? Are there some imperfections that often go unnoticed? Do you get paid on the spot or in the mail? Are you union, and if so is it helpful?