I just got back from seeing my guitar-playing older brother's band for the first time. They finally played on a night I had off! He's played guitar for about 20 years, drums for maybe 6, and started playing bass about 2 years ago. Really good guitar player -minored in music theory in college; his freshman year he auditioned into the 1st chair of the jazz guitar ensemble & held on to it for the next 4 years!- decent drummer, and ...ok... bass player. He switched to bass after realizing there was an over abundance of local guitar players, and few bass players. I step in and show him a few things when he asks (those BIG strings confuse him sometimes! ), but mostly leave him to do his own thing. First break, he comes over & asks what i think. "Good job," I say. "You finally play on my night off! Sounds good. Glad i could make it." Now...that was being polite. This isn't a "professional" band, by any means; just a few buddies jamming after work & playing the odd gig now and then; no one expects them to be perfect. A few clams here and there, and a drummer who can't keep time, but big deal. It's all in fun anyway, right? There were sound issues, though, that would have made it so much more enjoyable. First, you're in a tiny bar...there's really no need to mic the drums. If you do, mic the whole kit, not just the kick and hi hat. BOOM TSS BOOM TSS BOOM TSS BOOM TSS! If I wanted to listen to Daft Punk.... Re-eq the vocals. There was more bass coming from the vocal mics than from THE BASS! Between the bassy vocals and the howitzer kick drum...if it weren't for the occasional string noise, i never would have known there was a bass player! And mute the PA when you take a break. That shrieking feedback that you seem to be oblivious to is not enjoyable to the rest of us. So what do you guys think? Should I have said anything? He did ask what I thought. Or is it better to keep quiet and let it go?