I auditioned for these guys 2 weeks ago, and had a 2nd this past wednesday night. www.exitzerorocks.com At the end of the 2nd audition I got to play 20 questions, and satisfied with my answers, they asked me to join. Today I get an email concerning tomorrow night's rehearsal, what songs we're doing etc. At the bottom of the email there a special note to me. One to say welcome and one to say that they don't want me to play the bass line to a particular song, Slither-Velvet Revolver, the way I've been playing it . It's right, we went over it not for note, to make sure everyone was on the same page. the 2 gui****s play the riff tuning the E string to D, an then bouncing off the open D to play the riff. I do not. I play the line with no open strings bouncing off the 3rd fret D, on my B string. This way I can transpose it into any key, if needed, and my fingering will always be the same. I do realize that it's much more of a workout for me this way, but I really don't mind. And, it sounds good. The thing that's bugging me is that they seem to be pretty insistant that I do it their way, they even tabbed it out for me in the email. I think it's a bit disrespectful for them to be pushing this point, especially when I have far more gigs, experience, etc. etc. It was casually mentioned at the end of last practice, and I politely explained why I'm doing this. If it sounded bad, or was wrong, I could see the point. I have a 5 string bass, I don't NEED to tune down. Yet, the email is there clear as day. It's phrased nicely, but I can read between the lines. The band has had problems holding and finding bass players, I think I know why now. I'm going to practice tomorrow night, and playing it the same way I always have. Other bands I played it with never complained. If I hear anymore of this, I'll finish practice and politely tell them, " thanks, but the vibe I fealt at 1st, suddenly is gone. I wish you well in your endeavors, but I'm outta here". I'm not going to say why, I'm not going to make a big deal of it. I'll just say thanks, but no thanks. I think I've caught a glimpse of a general disrespect (that maybe a bit strong of a word) of bassists, by the band, and I don't like it. They don't gig much right now, and do have a suitable sub who helps them now. I was going to bring me and 2-3 gigs more per month to the table. With their regualrs, that would've been 4-6 a month. I want to play out, but I don't want to have to put up with this kind of silly BS to do it. What would you guys do, am I over reacting here ?