So a good friend of mine started a band with two other people. They're shooting for the folk/bluegrass/indie type of music that is sweeping right now. You know, Mumford and Sons, Phillip Phillips, The Civil Wars, etc. Their setup is something like: a main singer, a main acoustic guitar player (my friend), and an acoustic guitar/percussion/harmony female singer. But I think it fluctuates a bit between songs. They've already done a few shows and a fairly well known radio personality from my area saw them and told them when they start doing original material that he wants to put them on the air. So that's a pretty big deal. I mean these guys are pretty good. I was just about to send a Facebook message to my friend in this band about a couple of new songs they might want to consider covering. And it just occurred to me to throw something in there about the possibility of them needing a bassist. I wasn't going to straight up ask him if I could join. That's silly. (Or is it?) I was however, going to mention to him that if they ever hold auditions that they should give me a call. My fear though, (if you could call it that) is that they will find someone else without holding auditions. I can't say much about my skill level when there are so many amazing musicians on this forum but I'm fairly good and I've played a LOT with this friend of mine. So if they are looking for a bassist (I don't even know that they are), I think I have a good shot. I don't think there is a possibility that I would drag them down, I think they could really benefit from some low end, and I'm looking to expand my playing a bit outside of the church music I've been rooted in for several years. So I'm just curious... What would you do or how would you ask them, in my shoes?