Right oh … this is a "meta discussion".
Let me quote Jeremy:
"So from now on, I’m going to let meta-discussions stand. Now, that said, please don’t go overboard: I wouldn’t want to see the discussions section become a place where the only topic of discussion is The Session itself: I hope that the vast majority of discussions will be about Irish music. But I realise now that there’s a value in publicly sharing feedback, ideas, and criticism of the site, and I don’t want to discourage that."
So, let me reassure session.org members that this is purely a post about Irish music and is certainly not in any way a criticism about of this website in particular. It’s merely a plea to get people to put the internet into perspective.
What would be the best resource for people who want to play Irish traditional dance music?
I’d say it’s being able to play regularly with family and/or friends who play the music to the highest standard and have rakes of tunes.
And so a lot of people who want to play this music don’t have this resource. It’s not their fault.
So what are other resources?
Teachers? Yeah, pretty good. Especially if those teachers are able to play regularly with family and/or friends who play the music to the highest standard and have rakes of tunes.
Recordings? Yep. Tons of recordings. And youtube is pretty good.
Tune books? No, not really. They can only be useful if you can already play.
Internet chat rooms? Who are you talking too?
Now this is important … I’m not dissing the internet or this website per say. I’m just trying to get people to have a bit of perspective.
And this is really important … I’m not dissing all the people who value the internet and this website as their valuable resource. All I am saying is that if they really really are committed to playing this music well, they have too manoeuvre themselves into a position where they no longer value the internet so highly.