Here's the back story. In June my cover band suddenly came to an end. My daughter was born and I planned to take a few months off. The singer took this as an opportunity to jump ship,saying he was too old and looking to retire. Before I took my hiatus we had one jam with a singer the drummer and guitarist had played with in another band. The plan was that they would work with him while I was off and get some material together. I'd catch up when I returned and we'd hit the ground running. While I've been gone, I know they've had another friend of theirs out to play bass in my absence. I have no problem with this. In fact I've always encouraged having other musicians around that could step in as subs, fill in where needed, etc. The world does not wait for me. So fast forward to last night. I come back to rehearsal for the first time. Everyone knew I was coming, even confirmed it the day before. I'm told after arriving that their other buddy who has been playing bass is coming by in a little while, and he and I will trade off every 5 or 6 songs. He shows up, is a cool guy and patiently waits for his turn while I play. I, in turn do the same, even though I feel this is a little weird. After a few reps of this we all take a break and hang out for a while. Turns out that the guitarist has come up with a plan where the band will practice with each bass player individually, working out the same (or very similar) sets so at gig time if one can't make it the other can fill in. This would also allow for more gigs to be booked since I've always been very clear that I can't do more than two a month. Also, since I've had my daughter, my free time has become scarce. The other bass player has time constraints as well. He travels for work and is prone to frequently missing rehearsal. There was some discussion of working out a plan where all 5 of us could play together. Each bass player could do some light guitar work ( him much more efficiently than I) or percussion and still be around to take up the bass spot when needed. As crazy as this sounds, it might be ideal from me right now since I'm new to this whole "daddy" thing and am not sure who much time I'll have to devote to the band. As much as I love playing with these guys and want to be involved in the band, I would never want to hold anyone back. If a full time player were to come along with the time to singularly devote, I would step aside with no hard feelings. That said, if I am going to come to rehearsal and be a part of the band, I won't take turns playing bass unless I have another part to play. Seems silly for either me or the other guy to sit and watch for half the night. I'm also a little concerned as to how gigs would be handled ( shows we would both be available for, one with better pay than the other). I like to think I'm a pretty reasonable guy who could compromise and try to make things work, but maybe this is unrealistic? I'd love to hear some thoughts or if anyone has ever been in the type of arrangement and how it worked. Let's hear it!