So I'm in two bands right now. One is my main gig, where we've got two albums recorded and we've toured and have gigs booked through the summer of next year. The other is my originals band, where we mainly just play at parties, but we've recorded a little bit and we are beginning to move forward to some degree. In my main gig I'm just the bassist. I do provide input when we're writing, but the songs are for the most part written by the band leader (the singer/rhythm guitar player). He basically writes and arranges the songs by himself and then brings them to the band. Then we add our parts and give any feedback we may have. Most of the time we don't talk much. He just plays his part and everything essentially falls into place. In my side band, since I'm the band leader/primary songwriter I've been having to lead rehearsals and I've worked myself into a little bit of a rut. I play bass, guitar, piano, and I sing, so a lot of times I'll demo songs out while I'm writing them. More often than not I have some pretty complex ideas forming between the instruments, so being close to the recording is pretty essential to achieve the same goal. The problem is the band is 3 piece, so there isn't a ton of room for error, and it's very noticeable to me when things aren't played the way I've written them. On top of that, I'm the only vocalist and singing while playing complex lines is very much a challenge. I don't want to be a tyrant, so what are some tips for finding a happy middle ground between getting my original ideas across while still letting my bandmates express themselves? It's worth mentioning that I'm studying music at a university, so I'm pretty well versed in theory, whereas my bandmates are not. There isn't any reading involved, but if I try to explain what I'm thinking/playing a lot of times it doesn't necessarily help the situation.