I'm in a western swing band and we've been playing with a guitarist for nearly six months now who's a bit older than the rest of us (bass, drummer and pedal steel are in our 50s) and I have a dilemma. The guitarist is actually a close friend, though he's the newest guy in the band. I basically introduced him to the other guys when our first guitarist quit. He's a marvelous rhythm guitarist ,very solid and knows every chord in the book and then some, funny, nice guy, easy to get along with, but there is an issue that's driving the pedal steel player nuts. Pedal steel player, let's call him Tex, has this very strong concept where he wants pedal and guitar to frequently do parallel or harmony melodies on intros and in sections of solos. The guitarist learns these and can play them pretty good at rehearsals, but by the next week he's forgotten them again. Then Tex has to teach him all over again. Guitar player has told me privately that he's "not one of those guys who sits around playing guitar every day" preferring to play live or at rehearsal. We make recordings of practices and send them around so we can work individually if we have time, but I suspect that my friend isn't doing that. I've encouraged him numerous times to do his homework. It's not a make or break deal in the band right now, but it's becoming an issue so I'd like to deal with it before it gets worse. I don't think I could bear to even stay in the band if he was forced to quit. We're all quite good friends, but the guitar player is the closest to me. Ideas?