How many of you fall into either category? Are you the bassist or are you a leader in your band (think McCartney/Lennon) Im in both situations. I have a church gig where I normally play about once a month Saturday night and what ends up taking half the day on Sunday. The good: Its plug and play, pro sound, great musicians and the satisfaction of giving back. I interpret the basslines as I see fit. I could just hit the roots and theyd be fine with that, but depending on the song, I will create the lines myself. So, I have some freedom. We also do a few originals, and I work out the basslines on those songs ground up. The bad: Theres no creative input as far as the rest of the band on my end. Its not my place to do so, and thats fine in this situation. Also, its once a month, sometimes more depending if they need a fill in or someone for special occasions. I do realize that is more than a lot of guys play out. I also have a band I started last fall; its a hobby band, so were not super serious or anything, and have yet to find a singer that fits. So, out of necessity, I will (attempt to) sing ½ the set and the rest of the guys will (attempt to) sing the rest of the set. Also, out of necessity, we will be dusting off old originals the rest of us did in previous bands as the songs were written for our voices. The good: we play songs I really love (70s/80s), the guys are great, and the band is mine. The bad: The band is mine. Id prefer to have an equal partnership, and they may take some of that on, but ultimately, its my baby. While I think a situation like this makes a guy a better musician and businessman, my concern is Ill spend less time playing bass and more time focusing on the other stuff. In addition, the originals will need to be reworked and the best way for me to handle that is to work it out mostly on guitar. Yeah, guitar. And Im 38, have a job and kids, so putting a ton of time into this, is hard to do. So, what do you have going? And the pros/cons of your situation? Let me hear your take!