How to start a session
I apologize in advance for rambling a bit. I’m not sure how to put all these thoughts into coherent, concise words.
Well, I have a conundrum. I am having a hard time finding people to play with close to home. I’m an intermediate fiddler/whistler. I live in the suburb of a large city. The city(and another suburb or two) has plenty of players, but this suburb not so much. I have only found one guitarist to play with that actually lives close to home. I have interest from a bodhran player or two, a beginner mandolinist, and an intermediate banjo/fiddler/mandolinist. I have heard of a good fiddler in the area, but have not been able to reach her yet. Most of these people don’t actually live close to me, and would have to battle bad traffic to get here. How does one entice them them to stick around?
I’m okay with a smaller group like the above, and actually prefer a more intimate gathering, but this brings up another problem. If this is going to be a slow/intermediate/learning session, who is going to lead? I’m no leader and not that great of a player. It makes sense that somebody has to anchor the group/organize/plan. Nobody else seems inclined, and I’m a rather introverted person. And how much structure is too much? How loose is too loose?
Any suggestions on how to build such a thing? Where and how to recruit players, even absolute beginners? Where to recruit a session leader or how to be a leader myself? Thoughts?