Just posted this in another thread, but thought it could spark relevant discussion regarding problem members of bands...of which we get a lot of threads here about. Let me know what you all think..
"Some of the more negative comments regarding the situation kind of struck a chord with me. This is in regards to those suggesting that the drummer be fired..or that the bass player leave the band.
One of the things i love about the music community is the supportive nature of other musicians. At one time or another in our music careers we have been the student or the teacher, or even a combination of both. Sometimes we are even learning from those that are not quite on our level and vice versa. The point is, with the support of each other, there can be a time and place for a musician of any skill level.
I guess where i am going with this, is that if a certain band member is not exactly succeeding, instead of the knee jerk "fire him" reaction we should at least exhaust other potential possibilities with an even more positive outcome. Sit down with them, work with them, put in the time. TEACH them to succeed. You might be surprised how much you might learn yourself in the process of teaching others. You'll also be doing a greater service to the music community by elevating another musician to a higher skill level.
Obviously in some professional situations this is not an option..especially when money is involved and you have bills to pay. Totally get that. But in all other situations, we should strive to take the supportive approach.
My 2 cents