I think one of the reasons my band fell apart is because people tried to overstep their rolls within the dynamics of the band. We started as a 3 piece with a singer/lyricist, and those were the good ol' days. The 3 of us could practically read each others minds, we got pretty tight. We'd come up with a jam or a riff and eventually make it into a song, then the singer would first try to find a melody and then write lyrics. He'd occasionally ask us for help with a line or something, but for the most part we all had a hand in writing our own parts for the songs, and it was great. Then we brought in a rhythm guitarist (mainly cause he was a friend whose band just broke up, and our singer wanted to not be confined to rhythm guitar while performing). For me, that's when it all went downhill. The "jammy" nature of our songwriting stopped, because this guy couldn't follow. Then he starts writing his own songs, simple 1,2,3,4 chord progression stuff, (and insisting that he sing his originals) and so you have he and the singer at odds with one another. Then the lead guitarist starts writing songs, and suddenly we have 3 songwriters in the band. Loyalties and alliances and preferences for one person's songs more than another's started forming, and before you know it... poof... the band implodes upon itself, just like the Beatles did (not comparing ourselves to them talent-wise, of course). How do you all feel about the importance of maintaining rolls within a band?