Q: My lead guitarist is finding fault with the drum parts I write. When we first attempt a new tune, he often rolls his eyes, makes a face, and stops the song. He’ll either start offering suggestions or ask to get behind the kit and play it the “right” way. (He knows a few basic beats and fills.) Everyone in the room gets tense, and I usually cave in and play the song the way he wants it performed. I don’t ever disagree with what he wants. I hate acting this way, but I tend to avoid confrontation at any cost.

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