Question re attitudes towards accompaniment
Zouk23s thread has thrown up a theory in my head, and I was wondering whether I’m on the right track or way way off? So, please feel free to put me straight🙂
So heere’s the theory:
It’s pretty clear that accompaniment is at times frowned upon by some players and there seems to be a bias towards melody players - I read just recently that this is because ITM music can stand alone without accompaniment ie it is is about the melody of the tunes and this is how many prefer to relate to THE MUSIC so accompaniment is seen as a bit of an ‘add on’ and even a distraction by some musicians - although this throws up another question for me since to me ITM is a very rhythmic music and accompaniment often underlines that rhythm so I’m not sure why accompaniment is seen as an ‘add on’ rather than approaching the same thing from just another angle one that has importance in ITM ie rhythm….
Well, back to my little humble theory… I somehow get the impression that in general the more experienced and seasoned a musician the more tolerant he/she becomes towards accompaniment and the more accepting also of what are considered to be ‘lesser’ players - of course I believe that as always there are exceptions to the rule, and so there are those out there whose talent has gone to their head but I’m talking general here based on my experiences which may or may not be a reflection of what’s really going on….
… and the reason for this theory is based on this: The more experienced and seasoned a musician the less likely the musician is put off his tune and the more flexible he/she becomes to also tune and adapt to other players and more challenging situations should the need arise whereas a less musically skilled player can loose his or her tune when sitting for example between two inexperienced bodhran players who happen to play off-beat. So it takes less effort and is less stressful for an experienced musician to ‘play happily on’ while for example a beginner like me would break out in sweat because any minute distraction causes me to crumble. So perhaps tolerance levels towards accompaniment whether bad or good is higher in seasoned musicians then in those who still struggle in varying degrees and maybe one can apply that theory not only to accompaniment but also bad melody players…
So here’s the question: Am I completely barking up the wrong tree here😏?
A very curious beginner’s flute player