I'm playing in a funky band for a year now. In the beginning I thought I had to pratice a lot to be as good as the other musicians in the band, but now I came to the conclusion that they are not as demanding as I thought. Besides basic things like band dynamism, not playing too much on your own instrument for the sake of the band sound, etc. the main problem is timing and grooving. The drummer has a strong tendancy to play faster and speed up the songs, mainly during gigs. In rehearsals it's 95% OK. Besides that the guitar payer sometimes play behind us. I really want to improve the timing of the band, and I have to admit that I need to improve as well, so my question is simple: give me some good tips, lessons, practice methods which we can do together in order to have a better timing and feel of groove. We play some challenging things like Cosmic girl, My baby loves U, Love can keep us together (JTQ), etc., where it is not a big deal to play everyones part, but to have good timing and groove together - i find it difficult. Also, a problem, that the others do not feel, that our groove is not that good.