I am always having difficulty when playing with the church band remembering song structures. Is there an easy way to remember what to play during the song? It's easy to play along with a recording and keep on track (that's like training wheels), but when you are playing with a band, you have to either write everything down and try to follow or memorize the exact structure.
The other problem that makes it worse is the leader or someone else might suggest changes during rehearsal. Like OK, we're going to do Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Chorus, instead of VCVCC (a fancy stop that we never did before) then BBC or something like that. It's not just me who has problems remembering the part of the song we are in, but others too, but I need to worry about my own playing. Being the drummer, it's the most noticeable when I screw up.
I'm looking for any tips anyone has used.
Writing out an entire score would be great, but I can't always concentrate on watching the music when I am playing, plus after writing everything out, they change it, that goes out the window.