Is there a place for a deaf musician in Irish music?
I have been to a few sessions with my banjo, and I have been going with them with a deaf friend.
Now, he plays the guitar and has excellent rhythm. However, he is having difficulty playing with the group, unless he lead. In all the sessions I have been in, if you lead; you need to sing. Now, he doesn’t mind singing, but he rather prefer someone else to do it. Now, I am usually the one that end up doing it since no one else will. The problem is I am too uncomfortable matching my baritone voice with the guitar. I rather focus on syncing my mind with my banjo and the tune, than the tenor range of the guitar.
We both agree that this is a problem. So, right now we are looking for alternatives. Alternative roles, instruments, anything. The problem is, I may be a decent musician, but I can’t say if a particular instrument is going to match a person.
Can you help us out here?