We had one rehearsal with a group of guys trying to get an original thing together and 2 different cover project rehearsals. One of them 2Xs...Wow, is all I can say.
The original band guys didn't know the material save the bass player who did learn my parts. The guitarist is a rock guy who got flustered and upset because he learned straight rhythm parts that I play as opposed to the obvious lead guitarist parts with fills, leads etc. Also, he couldn't play my style, with double stoppy bends and country flavor pentatonic stuff..all VERY simple...He is supposed to be a hot player.
Next the Drummer who assembled these guys couldn't play a 4/4, 4 on the floor beat in time and didn't know my songs worth of ****************e...The bass player is really a keyboardist/utility guy who did a decent job on my tunes. MUCH more prepared then the other guys...So my partner and I said the guitarist and drummer are out..The search continues.
Next, I call the bassist from the original band to play in a cover project we were trying to get going with one weeend already booked. He is someone who has been playing on the road all over the country for over 30 years, so he says..We made a list of standards EVERY PRO knows..He comes over and doesn't know anything!! How are you a pro all your life and you can't play sweet home, hard to handle etc?? The drummer who is used to Nashville Pros was NOT happy!
Last someone contacted me because he has lots of local gig connections etc. We get over there and he can't play simple songs very well and his singing is not that great. Said he was a lead singer can sing harmonies etc. Needless to say he's all over the place on BG vox and can't sing a part without singing bad, clashing notes. Basically Mark and I told him to shut up and we did the parts perfectly. We practiced again with him and his bass player after we had solidified a very simple list designed to get us out there in my area making a few bucks. It was the drummer who didn't have his parts down, couldn't play the drum part to Jack N Diane etc..and of course he was concerned and wants us to practice 2 times a week!!! LOLOL Mark and I nixed that and told them when they get their parts down perfectly we'll practice again a couple times for beginning and endings and book. These guys suck but have relationships and if we can get out there making a few bucks and connections, all the better while we put together our own VERY pro project...
So, it was rough!!!