The pit-falls of having tune sets
Steve was concerned about hijacking the "2 questions" thread, and he brought up a topic that I thought deserved it’s own thread. So here goes…
Steve writes: "if he is a good player, he’s the domineering sort who’d take over and ruin all your sets by playing one tune out of each"
Now this is something I’ve thought about quite a bit in relation to sessions. People have different styles regarding the use or non-use of predetermined tune sets. Some people refuse to have them, others will usually play the same three or four tunes each time, and other people will have combinations of tunes that might be predetermined but change from time to time. As for me, one of the things that I find entertaining when I’m practicing and learning tunes at home is to experiment with tune changes. I will bring these ideas to a session, but it’s not static. There are some combinations I’ve come up with that I can’t improve on and they become constant with me, but I’m still very flexible.
So what’s a good approach etiquette wise for dealing with these factors in a session? Personally, if it’s someone else’s session that I go to regularly, I’ll become familiar with their tune sets and try not to break them up with sets of my own. For me, the idea of going to someone else’s session is to play tunes with them, so I don’t want to interfere with the flow of tunes at their session by splitting up sets I know they enjoy.
So what about when it’s your session (or a session you’re a regular at) and someone who might be familiar enough with that session seems to be intentionally breaking up known sets for that session? Have you even ever encountered this? And what are your own feelings conserning predetermined or established tune sets for any particular session and/or player?