Raising your Game
Ah, surely, have others of you noticed how significantly the company you play in at sessions affects the quality of the music you play yourself?
I’ve just talked in LOF’s ‘How do you get your tunes?’ thread about how I played differently and up a few notches in a small session in Corofin with Mary Shannon, sister of Sharon. And when the inimitable Tim Edey joins us here in East Kent for a pub gig now and again, my mate Jim O’Shea and I, we end up playing out of our socks (but not cheesey tunes!). Similarly, dreadful sessions where there is max porridge from several bad accompanists and/or tune players makes me hit wrong notes, do crap phrasing, and generally play like a Spanish cow. (Sorry, it’s a skiing expression).
Does any of the rest of you worldwide have the same impression?