I am relatively new (four years ) to bass. Up to now I have being playing with people of about my own level. I recently auditioned for a new band. These guys were a notch or two above my standard. There is always (good) advice given on TB about the benefits of playing with people better than yourself. Apart from the benefits, little did I realise the pure joy and exhileration that can come about from doing this. I came out of the audition on a high (apart from the fact that I got the gig ). I now look foreward to going up another notch on the experience ladder with this band. Without all the great advice I get here, it would have taken a lot longer to get where I am now. Thanks guys.