Everything in G? Our band started and still remains a top 40s type cover band. We are hoping to get into a few bars around our town and play some of our stuff. Our ages are 21 (bass), 42 (drums) 26 (singer) 45 (Rhythm guitar), and 52 (lead guitar). We have been together for about three months. I love playing with people who push me musically and who also know how to have some fun. My problem is that most of our songs revolve around the root G. Now, I dont mind playing in G, but my problem begins when they learn a song (F,Bb,C) and move it to G,C,D. Several songs have been shifted to G in this manner. Not necessarily the same chords, but you get the idea. The singer is perfectly capable of singing in other keys as well. I have no problem shifting a song when the singer has trouble with the key but this is not the problem. Therefore, the guitars say that they have to do this because the guitars in the song are downturned and they dont want to change tuning (dont blame them there). I understand that flats are more difficult to play on guitar than say piano, but there has to be some other reason behind this. They will also shift a song (Ab, C#, Eb) down to G gather than stepping up to E. Hence, I dont think they are just wanting to play open strings or anything It gets very frustrating when I have taken time out of my busy week to memorize solos, progressions, etc in a song only to get to practice to find that they play it in a different key. Am I nitpicking here? Will the bar crowd notice? Personally, I feel that this makes way too many songs sound alike. Therefore, I have some options Spend my normal practice time learning to sheet read, learn more chords, learn more walking lines and not focus much on learning the song 100% before practice, Or Continue in the G rut and move any song that does not have a G in it into a position that would have a G in it Songs off my head that we have moved: Kiss hard luck woman Posion every rose Metallica turn the page Van Morrison Brown eyed girl (LOVE that song in F#) we do it in G Kiss rock n roll all night The rest of the songs revolve around G . Any advice?