The First Tune
Ok, here’s the scenario. You’re in a very small session, or perhaps playing by yourself, and there have been no tunes so far. Some people glance your way with vague interest, wondering what sort of music you might make. The place might be very quiet, or perhaps there’s gentle conversation, but, whatever, people are definitely going to hear you. They don’t know much (or anything) about trad. music. The question is: what’s the best way to start? A jig might seem the right sort of tempo, but perhaps it might feel too bouncy. A slow air (turning into something faster) might draw people in, but then again they might think "boring" and switch off. A full-on fast reel might take people along for the ride… or then again it might leave them cold. I guess this isn’t really a "session" question, but I’ve found myself in this situation a few times recently, aiming to raise the atmosphere, draw a few hoots, to get the feel that there’s a certain level of excitement in the air that wasn’t there before. Sometimes it works like that… (joy!); sometimes it falls completely flat! I tend to think the "slow tune into faster tune" approach ain’t bad… but what do y’reckon?