How to influence people to give up sheet music?
we have a small session in my city. Usually, we are like 5 to 10 people who meet up for a session, up to 2 times a month. Luckily, the number of participants has growm , though the last half year or so (2 years ago, we only where 4 people). But there is a down side. We are only like 2 or 3 people, who don’t play with sheet music. When new people joined us, I hoped (or expected, because some of them are really good on their instruments) that they would transit away from sheet music after a couple of weeks/month, like I did.
But I think, this isn’t gone happen at the moment. Most of the people stay in their comfort zone and I think, when someone has only learned like 2 or 3 tunes over the course of half a year (or even a couple of years…arghhh….), he or she won’t ever learn a substantial number of tunes. I realise, that this situation is becoming increasingly annoying to me and might lead to some passiv aggressive outlashes from me…
We have already initiated learning by ear sessions/workshops, as well as giving the people suggestions to learn some specific standard sets, from which they can start to build a repertoire (and our standard repertoire is pretty small, to beginn with! ).
But the situation has been the same for the last couple of month, most of us rarely play a tune by heart, nearly everyone is looking into sheet music during our sessions.
Do you have some ideas, how to make people learn tunes by heart? Do you think it is possible at all, when they haven’t already done this after a couple of month ?
To some extent, I have lost the hope for this session. I already visit sessions in other cites, because this kind of sheet music sessions is becoming increasingly annoying to me.