Evasive action & the tune hog maniac
It all started in earnest in fall of 2009. The tune hog maniac [THM] had always hogged tunes during the previous year or so. We’re a forgiving lot so we figured we’d tolerate it or were expected to do so. Somewhere or other patience wore thin. THM was publicly dressed down by one member a few months ago, but previous to the public whipping [it did little or no good since he was protected by a senior player in our fair city…he was a paying student of said instructor in fact…you get the picture] we decided we needed to rein him in. One member came up with the idea of a "tune circle"…right, we take turns. Now, this spoils the flow somewhat of the spontaneous session but it was the only way to control the egregious behaviour of THM. It worked to a degree. He no longer can jump in and hijack sets with his 5 and 7 part tunes that no one knows etc.
My question, while the tune circle thing has had unexpected benefits [more crack and general relaxing atween tunes as well as nipping THM in the bud], has anyone tried other ways of curtailing people with no social boundaries or propriety? Kicking him out wasn’t really an option since this is a Comhaltas sponsored session and open to all.