It’s one thing varying a tune a bit, or even a lot, but mostly you can do this in a session and the tune will come out sounding ok, even if you’re new to that particular session.
But there are some tunes which have so many versions that are just so different that it’s bewildering.
One example that’s been going round and round in my head of late is the Connie the Soldier / Southwest Wind / Lake Shore family of tunes https://thesession.org/tunes/373. This has been submitted to the database here several times, and although some have been deleted by Jeremy, four still remain.
Now I have about 10 recordings of this tune (at least, 10 that come to hand immediately) and some of these recordings are ones that I listen to regularly. This means that I have several versions of the tune in my head, and like I said, not just variations, but actually settings that are totally different but similar enough to be confusing.
So if I’m listening to one of these recordings I can probably play along with that particular version, but if someone asked me to start the tune, I’d go into spasms ‘cause of all these conflicting versions in my head. I don’t know if I’d even know how to start it. The one I want to play is my favourite setting from Charlie Piggot/Miriam Collins/Joe Corcoran, but it’s probably the most uncommon setting of them all, which means it’s less likely that others would join in in a spirit of tune sharing.
So 2 questions:
1) Which version(s) of Connie the Soldier do you prefer to play and which tend to get played in your session?
2) Do you have any "problem" families of tunes like this? If so, which ones?