I'm a recent convert to bass but been playing horns and keys for years in bands. I have been lucky to work with really good drummers in the distant past -- but as I get older and the drummers get younger and insist on double kick rolls any time they can squeeze one in I have found myself relying more and more on locking in with the bassist instead of with the drummer. Awkward fills where I have no idea where the one is going to come back - I just watch the bassist. So now that I'm practicing bass along with recordings and drum tracks and metronome etc. - I'm wondering about how I will hold down the roll of a bassist in a band if a drummer does some awkward fill that trips me up. And wondering how you seasoned bassist handle keeping time like that. One of the recordings I like to play along with is Cold Sweat by James Brown and during the drum solo when James says "double up on it" (no idea what he expects to happen there), Clyde moves the snare hit from 2 to the and of 2 and it just messes with my head. I know it's coming (it's a recording after all) so a couple bars before that fill I have to block out everything else and focus. I don't know if this a fatal flaw and I'll never be able to be a bassist or is there some tricks you guys can suggest to help hold time when the drummer does something odd. Just for fun, I looped that section and I found that practicing over just that awkward bit that trips me up is helpful. But if I have this much trouble when I know it's coming ... how am I going to handle a real drummer when the band is counting on me to hold it all together?