I have been learning to play for a little over a year, mostly using online instructional videos and the Hal Leonard books, as well as doing a little ear training with the radio, and jamming along with a couple gui**** friends of mine. I have been wanting to get into a full band setting for awhile now, jamming, and possibly playing out at some point, so I responded to a CL add for a group of +45 guys looking for a bassist. What caught me attention was the fact they made it clear that attitude and cohesiveness was considered over ability. Right in my wheelhouse, I thought, so I responded, making it very clear I considered myself a beginner. I received a call from the BL, and had a great conversation with him. Good vibes all around. I now have an audition set up in less than two weeks, and just received the set list, where I was asked to learn at least five songs. What the heck did I just get myself into? I have gone from essentially noodling around for a year to actually having to learn new songs. So I grabbed some tab, sat down and started banging away on memorizing the notes, without listening to the music. Once I felt I had the structure down, I threw the tune on and started to work on time and rhythm. So far, in about 5-6 hours of time, I have one song down, but I still still seem to get lost in transitions and changes a lot. My question for the community is this... is my current method the best approach to learning new songs, or is there a better way? What have you found to be the best approach to learning new material?