Competitiveness in Sessions…
I have limited experience of sessions, but I have noticed players who launch into tune after tune without introduction, obviously hoping to impress & leave others behind; or they seem to be aiming for the fastest they can do, whether or not it improves the tune, with the same idea.
Sometimes on discussions here I’ve seen people trying to dismiss a poster’s remarks on the grounds that s/he can’t play very well - they sometimes even post links to prove their point.
Sessions are made up of human beings, of course, and maybe to play at a session at all demands a little feistiness. So is this competitiveness inevitable, or are there sessions where people are always amicable, trying to involve people where possible, and treating them politely when they’re not?
I am happy with the sessions I attend - it’s only a couple of people in them, and not the session leaders - and it amuses me rather than otherwise. I know I can’t play everything, and I’m happy to sit back and soak up the (generally friendly) atmosphere.
So I’m asking only out of interest & to hear about the experiences of others.
Thanks in advance for any replies. Peace on earth, goodwill towards men, and women! :)