Will try to keep this brief. I auditioned for a band when I moved to FL from RI over 5 years ago. We were playing out quite a bit. I am now one of the originals, along with a female lead singer. I the past year, one of the guitarists moved to TX and the drummer had to leave to to a severely ill wife. We then auditioned an awesome keyboard player/guitarist and new drummer. However, the other guitarist, vocalist, harp player and BL and great guy contracted cancer earlier and unfortunately passed away in Feb. Prior to his passing we auditioned another guitarist knowing that we would need someone to take over. Fast forward, we have had the new drummer and guitarist for about 8 months. The drummer is decent, but does not like to hear feedback about dynamics and sometimes his beat, and the guitarist seems to take one step forward and two back. He is too mechanical and just does not seem to have "it" after all this time. We are frustrated with the fact that we should be well ahead of the curve Since I became the BL after the passing of our guitarist and close friend, I am having a difficult time telling the drummer and guitarist that this is not working. My issue is that they have worked hard in learning the tunes, and particularly the guitarist, is just a great guy and really tries hard but I think he is over his head. Am I crazy for feeling this way and how should I communicate this? I know I should not be so worried, particularly since I was in senior management positions during my working years. Anyway, just checking if others on the site had similar issues.