Do we have a thread like this already? 'Cause I have not seen it if so. I have more than a few, and I'm sure I'm not alone. In one, a local originals band that has a sound that I like, but really nothing much else -- not popular, not making a lot of money, etc., had me come in for an audition. The guitarist liked to tune his guitars into odd tunings and this was how he wrote his music. He thought the tunings were very important and seemed pretty smug about it. But he was pretty smug about everything. He sent me several mp3s to practice for the audition. One of them had another bassist on it constantly playing a discordant note. I wondered why he wanted it that way, but thought maybe it had something to do with his tunings and he liked it that way. Avante garde, I thought. I didn't have much time before the audition but I learn songs fast so I did ok with most of the songs. I could tell he didn't much like me, though. He made a few comments, which I don't recall now, except that one was about how my strings were wound wrong and only an idiot would wind them like that. Yes, he was like that. By this time, I really didn't want the gig, but I had recently started playing again and didn't have much else to do so I was ambivalent. Maybe I'd learn something I needed to know? By the end of the audition, he had descended into a foul mood, and he darkly muttered about how no bass players ever played that one song right. Yes, that one that he sent to me with another bassist playing a bad note on it telling me to learn the songs before the audition. I thought, man this guy is a piece of work! They are still around and they have never had a steady bass player. I think there are guys out there who just want to make someone else (too often, a bass player) their whipping boy, and he is one of them. Another audition I had was for an all originals band that was just starting. The guitarist, a fairly young guy, had this long piece of music that was in no way a song. I mean, you could put words over it, but it would suck unless just the right singer came up with just the right thing. There wasn't anything particularly special about it either. So, really, the singer would be doing all the work in that case. Instead of trying to wrestle with all that, I took apart his song and used the pieces to make a song with a regular structure, and added vocals to that. It was pretty good, as he told me himself -- until he realized it had once been his own song! Then he got his drummer going and played it the way he'd recorded it before, exactly, and said, "What can you do with that?" I explained the problems with his structure. The drummer, btw, was all like, "hey, that song he brought is pretty good, we should do it that way," but guitar-boy steadfastly ignored him. He said, "people have already told me they like it they way it is." He couldn't imagine changing his song in any way, even though he'd liked what he heard until he realized it was a morph of his own song. This time, I started packing up at that point, saying it wasn't worth it to waste anyone's time, no harm no foul, but he really wanted someone else, etc. He was definitely cool with it. The drummer looked ready to cry. He was alright -- wish I had gotten his number before I left, because that band is certainly defunct by now. Who else has some bad audition stories to tell?