In regards to trying out for a band: Do you like to learn their songs ahead of time, or do you prefer to just learn 'em on the fly? Do ya'll (unusual for a guy that's lived 7/8 of his life in Wisconsin, to be using the word "ya'll," isn't it?) just jam for a bit and see what kind of musical direction you want to go in, or do you decide what you want to do before you even get together? Do you like to meet the perspective members at a bar or club, away from the instruments for a chat first, or do you like jamming with people you've never met before? Has anyone had to audition with the musician you would be replacing right there with you? My preference is that I meet with the band for a beer or two, to discuss where I (we) want to go and if everything "jives," decide on five or six songs and give everyone the opportunity to learn them, before we get together to jam. If it's an all-original band, I like to have a copy of the music first, so I don't have to learn someone else's stuff as I (we) go along. There's enough pressure on me just being the "wannabe," without having to learn the songs right then and there as well! I'd also prefer to not have the guy I would be replacing watching on (it's happened to me and it wasn't cool! It was news to dude that he was being replaced -- until I showed up)! How 'bout you?