I just got fired for the first time. I'm not pissed or angry about the situation but I thought I would relay my story here. I joined a blues/rock band a year ago via an ad on craigslist which specified that the band was getting a setlist together and would soon be looking for gigs. I practiced with this band for a year and did a total of three gigs and the band actually sounds great. A couple of weeks ago the drummer and singer say they want to double up on rehearsals to 2x a week in order to work on original music. I flat out said "not interested" and pointed out that the original agreement was to one rehearsal a week. I also pointed out that the only thing worse than practicing 1x a week for a year and getting almost no gigs is practicing 2x a week for a year and getting almost no gigs. I got a phone call a couple of days ago saying they were trying out new bassplayers. There are no hard feelings and it is cool by me but it is too bad becasue the band really sounds good. I just can't practice up a setlist then never get the chance to play it. My philosophy has always been that: 1.The band needs to initially be good enough to gig but it does not have to be perfect 2. The setlist should have some consistancy so as to make the group definable. 3. Once rehearsals start the expiration clock has started ticking and it can not go on too long before people like me get bored. 4. Being a little picky about tunes is cool, we all have tunes we would rather not play but getting too picky makes putting a setlist together almost impossible. I pointed out that great players play the **** out of tunes they hate, it is actually alot more challenging to do that than only play tunes you love. Compromise is the key and that goes for everyone, not just the bass player. 5. Agreements should be honored; I joined what was described as a kick butt blues/rock band. I did not join a group in order to help someone else realize their musical dreams. When I decide to do that it will be for me to realize my dreams not for other people. I already play in two other original music groups and that is enough for me. I would have been open to practicing more but in the last five years I have gone through this little excercise a few times and I'm tired of it. Even though I believe that I would have quit this band iminently had I not been fired, I always want to be the one that makes that call.