Many statements of session etiquette say something to the effect that if you don’t know the tune, don’t play. I tend to agree with this, but would like to know how many of you would agree. Here are some statement examples:
‘If you don’t know the tunes they are playing, just sit and listen, and only play the tunes that you do know.’ [tradconnect.com]
‘Don’t play any tune unless you can play it through several times without faltering.’ [nigelgatherer.com]
‘Playing when you don’t really know the tune. It’s usually ok to do so very quietly, but… be careful! ’ [irishmusicsocietyofoulu.org]
‘If you don’t know a tune, don’t play. Never “noodle”.’ [royjohnstone.com]
Do you agree or disagree that this session etiquette guideline should apply to ALL players in a session?