I’m the band leader, vocalist, rhythm guitar, and songwriter in an originals project I started up over the summer. It started out as a minor commitment, just for fun, hangout with friends kinda band. Recently we’ve been trying to get some decent recordings done and get out booking shows. It’s going well, the drummer is dedicated and knows the material, our bassist is new to the material but is making fast progress, the lead guitarist though... Of all the members, he’s the one I’ve known the longest and have been playing together with for about a year and a half. When we first started playing together it was just jamming around in the living room and I invited him on when I started up this project. Problem is, the band is getting more serious now but he seems to be stuck in this living room jam playing mindset. He’ll show up to practice and noodle around through the entirety of the songs, trying out a new technique or rhythm that found his fancy that week as if the songs are backing jam tracks. In the start it was fine as it was just for fun anyway, but it’s been months now and the dude has hardly any solid written lead lines. The few times there’s been a friend over for practice, the comment I always get is “it sounds good, but what is your guitarist doing?”, and now the other band members have started voicing their concerns about it too. To be honest, I have my concerns as to how well suited he is to lead playing, he’s always been a singer/songwriter acoustic player mostly, and sometimes I get the feeling he’d rather be leading the band than playing lead...and I wonder if this is why he hasn’t put the effort into his guitar. How should I approach this guy to get him to shape up his playing? We’re not friends so close that having a blunt conversation about it wouldn’t be awkward, but maybe just laying it out is what needs to happen, and let his ego be damned.