It is funny how you never know what you have till you loose it. My previous main group was soo talented. I never realized untill after I have played with a couple other groups. Previously in my playing experince I was the less experinced player in the group so it was very important for me to learn to follow. I have gotten very good with this role. Fast foward to now... In my Church group I am the most experinced with the music we are doing. My natural tendency is if everybody else screws up I just follow them off the cliff. However I think it is time to step to a new role. I need to figure out how to get the band to follow me on bass. I am often hearing them stray from where they should be and I don't know how to pull them back in line. I have tried playing louder, this just results in nobody being able to hear and it gets worse. I have tried to play with a more distinct attack and a more "groovy" rythem,this isn't appropriate for all songs though and besides I like to play with a light. Sometimes I will just cut way way back and let everybody else in the band hear each the really well and that helps some... In our group the leader and rythem guitarist and occassional keyboardist is really solid. The lead guitar player is good but is new to the music. The drummer is the weak link. Nothing personal but he is just simply new to the instrument. How would you approach this situation?