We're not after gigs or anything. We're friends and bedroom musicians, we were friends long before I even picked up guitar. All we want to do is jam out once in a while. Sounds simple enough, right? So there's me, I'm an ok rhythm guitarist I guess but not as creative as I'd like to be in the heat of battle. So in that group, I probably am some hybrid between the rhythm guitar and the bass, a solid background, but not lively enough to be entertaining on my own. There's our lead guitarist/ keyboard who is great on the keys if he's playing a melody on his own, fast on the guitar, has an incredible sound, is creative or has enough riffs of bands I don't know under his belt to make me think he's coming up with that stuff, but he can't keep in time to save his life. Also, he always gets the key he should play in wrong and doesn't notice and I can't even think what he thinks he's doing when he's backing us with chords on the keys. He's the one who had a gig before though, on his own so it must have been good. But try telling that guy he's doing it wrong when he thinks we're screwing up. I tried, he listened, he still played something without any semblance of coherence, rinse, repeat. Then we have a concert flute/ violin/ piano man who limits our total volume to comfortable living room level, which I like, and he's hands down the best musician in the group. But that's on the piano and we usually only have a keyboard which he's not really used to. He's a bit shy so most improv work goes to the lead guitar, which, again, is 80% awesome and 20% at the wrong bpm rate. And then there's our... ahem... 'bass player'. He doesn't own a bass and has never shown up to a session, but he's got his own problems and plenty of those, so who knows if he turns out to be the hidden diamond amongst us. We meet a lot out of any musical context though, so he's not somebody hogging a slot but we're rather keeping a slot open for him. Now when we manage to meet up, and we're all kinda swamped so we can't get the band together very often, we try blues patterns and alternating lead improv, which sounds pretty neat at times. Until it falls apart and we fail to correct on the fly. Now we try, we have fun with what we're playing and everyone's willing to leave their own musical comfort zone to find common ground (which between Classical, Metal and my ragtag taste in music that ranges from Classical to Blues to 70s Rock is quite hard to find) or just so someone gets to play their favorite style once in a while, but there's something missing and I don't know what. A certain sense of satisfaction when we're done. What should we try? Cover a song? Write an original? Carry on as usual? Get someone else on board to spice things up. I'd really appreciate any input on how to get some fresh wind into our little jam circle of catastrophe. We're going by what's fun right now but we're at a point where we need more, and I thought that maybe y'all might know where to start.