To be clear, I didn’t audition to join my worship band. I asked for a shot and was put on the next week. They did need an electric guitar player. I play almost every Sunday and have a ball, so my attitude and abilities appear to be adequate. Being interested in the subject, I have researched the audition process, using the internet. Almost all of the documents have the following similar language: “…….. Unless otherwise posted, you are expected to learn your parts exactly like the MP3, giving special attention to the tonal qualities of each instrument. For teamwork to happen effectively, we rely on you to play your part accordingly.” Do you really want someone who does exactly what you tell them to do, no more, no less? As far as I can see, it comes from three places, two of which are not positive: I'm a control freak. I don't like anything new nor surprising nor inspiring nor creative. I am insular. The astoundingly average level of musicianship and general indifference is readily apparent within group. I like guitar players who barely play the chords and aren't capable of fills, improvisation nor changing arrangements. I have ensured apathy by frustrating and running off anyone who is capable of such behavior. I just want someone who can show up and play the parts. Someone I don't have to worry about. Someone who can play the pants off it and make it look easy. I’m dealing with volunteers and getting what I’m paying for. They are most likely teenagers and or people just starting out. I want to motivate them to spend enough time and effort to be proficient and to grow as a musician. I want it to be clear as to what is expected. Others in the group who are more skilled and/or dedicated should not be expected to endure sub-par band members. With Regard to Equipment, “……exactly like the MP3.” I could easily drop $3000 on with a TC Electronics unit and three or four Eventide boxes. Maybe go with the new Line 6 Helix. It's a bargain at $1350. Some say, “Buy and use a Line 6 HD500 because that’s what Lincoln Brewster does.” Though it is what he uses live, he adds an Axe-FX and two Marshall half-stacks set to “roar” for his onstage rig. His onstage volume cannot be described as demure. If I brought a half stack to worship band, I wouldn’t even get it plugged in before I was shut down. The amp provided for me (Vox A15C1) is just loud enough for the microphone to pick it up, which is appropriate. Until you write that $12,000 check and get all of the gear used by all the bands we’re playing today, I’ll use whatever you put in front of me and the amp provided. I’ll choose to use it or bring my own. Musical Performance, "….you are expected to learn your parts exactly like the MP3" Let’s take Hillsong United playing live. They have 27 guitar players on stage (he-he). There are easily three or four guitar parts going. For gosh sakes, even they don't play it live EXACTLY like it's on the MP3. Even THEY won't sound just like the recording. If you want that, just leave us live musicians out of it and play the recording. I would hope that they give a better-than-the-recording performance. I want them to be inspiring and inspire me. I want them to be in the moment and go with it. With multiple guitar parts going, I choose the one which stands out the most and learn that. To be exact, I would need someone to transcribe all of the guitar parts, assign one for me to play and then provide that transcription and the isolated guitar track. I don’t have time (I am a volunteer, after all) to learn all of the guitar parts by ear and then prepare all of them. Finally It all seems a bit confusing. Inexperience and naiveté as to the recording and performing process is revealed. I have had this discussion with my church band members. We all agree that “exactly like the MP3” is an unreal and counterproductive expectation.