So I used to play bass in this cover band . . . after auditioning many keyboard players who were mostly deaf, or bad, or total prima donnas, the band decided to get a new bass player so I could play keys and rhythm guitar. They found an excellent young guy who could play circles around me, so all was good. He wasn't real disciplined and would sometimes go off in daydreams but generally everything was good. He played with us about two years before asking us to find a replacement. Our new bass player is much more enthusiastic, likes our material better, and definitely is a stay in the pocket guy. But his knowledge of theory is sketchy. He plays more by fret number than note name. He can't play anything very fast. Doesn't learn by ear very well so I'm telling him how songs go that he's had available to him to learn for months. His first invitation to play with the band was early april. He got access to our dropbox with all our material soon after, and has had directions of which songs to learn. He plays in another band with our drummer so they have material in common that they know, but he insists he'd rather learn our stuff. We've had about four rehearsals with him so far. He has maybe half the material down cold and we have a gig with him on friday. We do two to four gigs a month and make 90-100 per person each time. Friday I may be playing bass on a few songs he hasn't learned yet, things that don't need keyboard or 2nd guitar. The bottom line is I just don't know if I can handle being in a band with a bass player who's not as capable as I am. anybody else ever been in this situation? how did it go?