Ok, right now I've been dealing with my guitarist, and it's come to the point that I've finally had it. In the midst of the hours worth of feedback from distortion and a crap guitar, and the fact that the guy has no good playing skills, it's done. Time to "flush the toilet" and find a new member. Here's the story if you just happen to be interested: Last Saturday was basically a gig for a birthday party. We did the usual agonizing practice, with my brother (a drummer to sit in) and the rest of the band. We were practicing, and all the while my friend (the nominee for this let-go) is just screwing up for no reason. I ask him why he can't get the job done, he says "You've never taught me how to play this" (which is BS) even on our originals, which we've had for plenty long, and he's playing nothing but pinch harmonics in between. We start, and three songs into it, after recognizing that the kids we're playing for have absolutely no interest in live entertainment for some reason. Afterwards we decided to sit inside while he just keeps on going playing all the riffs he thinks is "hardcore". So I once again asked the question "is it me" to my friend who answered simply "the kid just doesn't know when to stop. all this is to him is just another hangout session where we get pissed off at him." So we're all sitting down and the question that arises is basically that we all consider him a friend, and that's fine, but we need to kick him to keep the band going, but how to we let him go without any hard feelings? it's not that we don't like him, it's just whenever he picks up a guitar it always turns into a hate fest. we practically abandoned him when we decided to take a break and eat when he brought along two idiot friends of his the last practice through. My friend, who has been involved with bands for 4 years has basically said that the best way to get rid of a person is to piss him off during a practice to the point where he realizes that he doesn't want to be in the band anymore, but seeing he doesn't get angry at all, and talking to his friends, I can see it won't work. any ideas? also, I'm trying to figure out to see if i should go with having a new guitarist, bassist, or even keyboardist, cuz so far, I don't think that as a 3 man band (drums bass vox) it'll be so hot, so if i leave some sound files on this thread do you think you can make a few suggestions??