About a month ago I decided to search CL to find a new band to play with up at college. Luckily I landed a spot playing with a decent enough and talented enough group of guys who happen to be from the same home town as me. Nice. Fast forward a month. We`ve been playing mostly covers to get out and play frat parties, open mics, etc... and that`s been going well enough, but we`ve recently decided to go in a more originals direction and stop the whole cover business. Well today the full band was having a writing/jam day so that we could work out one song. It`s an easy enough song that only has three progressions that follow simple rock formats, but it`s kicking enough that it doesn`t get boring. Anyways, we were trying to come up with an ending for the bridge to lead back into the verse/solo section and I suggested that we ride a Dm for 13 eighth notes over two measures, have guitar and bass cut out, then have the drums do a quick fill for the last half of the second measure by himself, and then all of us come back into the verse/solo section together on the one of the next measure. Simple right? Wrong. We tried this maybe eight times. The lead guitarist couldn`t count to 13 apparently and would over play, the drummer didn`t know when to do the fill, and the singer/guitarist thought a measure was composed of 8 quarter notes(I`m not even joking with this one) and obviously over played as well. If that weren`t enough, every time I tried to reexplain it one person or another would be noodling around and making noise... So I`m getting pissed as heck at everyone because no one understood simple music terminology and theory and it made communicating to everyone almost impossible. I even played the part on bass and drums to try and teach them how I wanted them to try and play the two simple measures and all of them looked confused. I then wrote it out on paper in music notation... big mistake. No one could read it.... :scowl: The singer then goes, "Why do you want to make this so hard? Why can`t we play something easy?" It literally took all the strength out of me not to yell, "This is easy, you just #@$%^@@ suck at playing $#%^&*& music you #$%^@!$!." I mean, come on guys! By this point most of the band was getting mad at me and telling me to cool down which I knew I needed to, but it was so frustrating working with people who couldn`t get two simple measures down. It ended up taking them 20 minutes to get it down when any other band would of had it by their second try at most... It was just total amateur hour. I seriously felt like quitting right then and there because of how pathetic it was. I need to add, I`m not trying to sound like I`m Mr. BA bass player or anything like that, but I thought I could expect at least an elementary understanding of music from these guys. We may be young. We may only just be a college band. But it`s not going to stop me from expecting at least the same level of professionalism I got out of bands I played in in high school. Anyone else ever experience anything like this in a band? What did you do? Did you keep your cool or get frustrated like me?