Are you still learning good general skills when learning tunes in one session which you wouldn’t play yourself
Recnently Ive been going to a couple of different sessions which only play a small portion of irish tunes however they are a nice friendly crowd so it is my favored of the sessions at the moment.
Having been to a couple of different irish sessions I have found even with these often they won’t know any of the tunes you know from another irish session.
I enjoy the learning and playing with others even though these tunes do not really stick out to me and I wouldn’t have personally chosen to learn them although they are certainly better for group session playing since they are alot simpler.
So even if I learn such and such tunes at one session am I still learning valuable skills for future sessions in other places. I am sure the answer is yes but just opening it up for discussion I guess of other’s experiences of this who may be further down the road of session hopping and this issue.
When I first started going to sessions I thought I would learn a set of ‘golden standard’ tunes that could allow me access to any new session. I bet this is more frequent in irish only focused sessions but in england there is often a mish mash of tunes from all over in most local sessions Ive found.
I like this one for the social aspect and the crowd though as mentioned. I imagine you are always increasing your general fingering skills (whistle) and learning by ear which will be valuable wherever you go.