I didn't think I'd ever find myself in this situation, but here I am. I've noticed a pattern lately developing at our practices, which we hold once a week. Guitarist is trying to learn the songs (I think), but still struggles on some basic stuff. For instance, we've been doing a Spin Doctors song for over a month now, and he still doesn't have the guitar solo fully down yet. I will say he has a stressful job and works a ton...well over 40/hrs a week most weeks. He comes straight from work to practice. Work for him also involves many hours on the road each day. Drummer doesn't have such excuses. He is off every Friday through Sunday (works 10 hr days Mon-Thurs), has two drum kits at home...he alluded a couple weeks ago to the fact he doesn't even have a kit set up at home right now, though! Further, I know he doesn't practice for one minute on his own. It's obvious. Drummer suggested we do "Flagpole Sitta" a couple weeks back. OK, great. Basically a four chord song. Practice time came around and he was like, "I haven't listened to that one yet...not sure how it starts..." Another example: We were trying to do "Wagon Wheel" last week. Guitarist had emailed the video of it (Darius Rucker version) to us. Drummer got the deer in headlights look when we mentioned it. "Wagon Wheel...what's that?" Me: :scowl: We hammered through it anyway and got it down, at least somewhat. Practice this week rolled around, and it was like he had never played it before...well, obviously not. He even said, "I haven't heard this song before." Our shows have been going well, but I'm tired of this pattern at practices. We have a show tonight, and I'll guage things afterwards. However, I'm a busy guy, and I'm not content with half-assed practices. I have a family and run a business, but I still find time once or twice a week to practice and learn the songs we're working on. Thoughts?