So, a couple weeks ago I wrote and asked about getting into a jam. Now, I’m in a jam (pun intended) because I’ve somehow landed an audition with a working cover band. Their founding bassist is having to step away, and their fill-in guy is already double-booked, so they’re looking for someone new to join the band. The band leader called tonight after seeing my profile on Bandmix, and we had a good chat. Long story short, he’s interested in having me come out and test the waters just over a week from now.
But, here’s the deal: I’ve only played in a couple of bands ever (both short term, years ago, on other instruments). I’ve only played bass at home and a few times at very informal jams. I’m excited to be given such a great opportunity but pretty nervous about going into an audition – and then potentially being on stage soon thereafter! (Just to be clear, I was very upfront about all this, and the band leader still seemed genuinely interested in giving me a shot.)
I’ll get a set list by email and will have a week to become familiar with the songs (all radio hits I’ve heard but have never played, since I’ve not played much). Other than practicing the tunes, what advice can you offer me in preparing for and playing at the rehearsal? And if that goes well, any thoughts on getting ready for a live gig?
It may be an overstatement to call this “the chance of a lifetime,” but they are a successful local band with weekly gigs and years of experience. I don’t want to screw this up! Help, please!