ITM food chain
Last birthday but one I was given a Bodhran - on the basis that my good wife would not get me a drum kit. Anyway, the long and the short of it is that I got well into it but soon found out about the stigma that goes with playing an instrumenent at the bottom of the ITM food chain. Trying to learn the tunes I listen to music all the time but it doesn’t seem to go, in so I joined the dark side and got a fiddle and lessons. It is going to take at least a 100 years to turn screeching into tunes so was advised that a mandolin was a good way to learn tunes and can be played quiet - ie at work, so have got one aswell.
I am curious to know where - in the fight for life that is "the session" the mandolin fits into the ITM food chain, it seems to me that you could organise the food chain into two main groups, the melody and the backers, but as too which are the hunters and which the prey? and where does each instrument fit?
Also if two animals from the same group had to take one another on which would be the victor - could a melody playing guitar take out a chord playing mandolin for example?
I realise that for a first post this is probably going to get my virtual head kicked in - as a bodhran player I am like ITM pond life anyway - but am really just saying that does it really matter what we play? isn’t it how we play that is important?
Cheers to all