A brief story to bring you up to speed... I recently auditioned for a band...the singer and I are really good friends. I play with him in another band (Band A) but the band I auditioned for was an earlier project of his before my time. They gave me 5 songs (already knew those because theyre on the list on Band A) I showed up did my thing and even played several more that wasn't on the 5 list. After it was over, everyone was putting their gear in their cars except the drummer. Singer started trying to nail down practice dates with me, more songs to learn , etc when the drummer walked over to talk to the singer in private. I loaded my gear, hopped in the truck and left. Wife called a few moments later to ask how it went. I told her that my money was on the drummer saying 'hey, I know a guy' ... I get a phone call the next day. They said you did good but the drummer wants the bassist he played with in another band. So, with feelings hurt I tried to convince the singer and myself that it was no big deal. Since then Ive played with Band A a few times and we killed it. Tonight, singer asks me to come watch Band B play. Of course I still had a huge chip on my shoulder and found myself picking his lines apart. He missed that one, he's in the wrong key there, and he kept tuning his bass non-muted. So I just figured that I was just being a jackass when my wife spoke up. 'He really sucks' she said. Ok, so my wife has my back. Then another guy that I used to play with came up to me and said 'I don't know what you did that night, but you must have really sucked ass because I've never heard you play anything that bad' Sorry for the long read. I've always been honest with people....there PLENTY of people better than me. Plenty. But by george, I have finally found one that I am better than and that makes me feel even better.