In my short time of bass playing, of about 5 years, I reckon I've picked up the instrument fairly averagely. I can learn most songs by ear. I know most of the fret board pretty well and most importantly and while my note reading is weak... I can lay down a groove. Most of the guitarists I play with are just you average power chord, palm mute, straight 8 strummers with little to no theory knowledge. My problem is that most of the songs we play just end up sounding the same , especially with the whole 8th note strumming power chord thing going on... and it irks me ever so much. The thing is, we aren't just playing your 4 chord Blink-182 esque songs... although they just LOOOVE them, we play also play blues and a bit of funk here and there, not to mention the odd praise and worship. My dilemma is that the songs just get so DAMN boring. I really don't know what to do about them. I've tried grilling them with working on their technique or even just changing the rhythm of their strumming to get something else going on. Moreover, I tend to get the feeling that the sonic spectrum gets crowded when these straight 8ths are happening, especially with distortion or any other effects they have going on and that this takes away from the songs we play. What do I do? I don't want to leave these guys because they're my mates, first and foremost. I just feel like they could expand their musical horizons a little and maybe become better musicians. Do I keep grilling them? Do I take a video and show them? or Do I just hang my head, stay in the shadows and play 8th notes too? Has anybody else here have a similar experience? Any advice will help.