i'm in a bit of a pickle at the moment as i'm in the unenviable position of wanting to fire a really good friend from my trio.  the problem is that i have improved dramatically since i started the group and, unfortunately, he hasn't.  

in the last year or so, i've been working really hard and taken my playing to the next level.  i know this may sound conceited, and i don't mean it to come across that way, it's just that i know where i think the group should be musically and it's a shame that our bass player has some fundamental problems that i can't see him getting over.  the one thing you want from a bass player is a real solid sense of time.  unfortunately, his time is not the greatest and despite that fact that he writes great tunes and has really good ideas for arrangements, you just can't get away with sloppy timing.

i have mentioned it to him in the past and he is aware of the issue but i'm not sure he's prepared to put in the work to fix it.  this is such a horrible position to be in.  how do you tell one of your best friends that you are firing him because he's not good enough for you anymore?

any of you guys been here, and if so, how did you handle it?  any advice is welcome.  i confided  in one of my other friends and he compared it to trying to dump a pregnant girlfriend!

at the moment, that would seem to be an easier proposition!

why does all this stuff always get in the way of the music?

*sigh* thanks for listening to my little whinge guys!

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