Bad bouzouki player
Yet another rant about crappy so-called "musicians", who think they can join in and wreck any session just because they have been playing TMI for many years.
There is a bouzouki player at my hometown session, an old fella who has been playing TMI for like 30 years now. He is a horrible backer. Not only does he bash his bouzouki like a guitar, not understanding the delicacies of this instrument, but he is always very loud and moreover - way slower than the tune. Any tune. He is so slow that he can even slow you down when you play a slow air! LOL
This person has the tendency to join in and simply ruin any good set, with no understanding that backing should be shared in a session with more than one backer.
Usually when he joins in, the music and rhythm get to blurred, that I just put down my guitar, as there is no point in trying to overplay him. When that happens I can’t hide my facial expression of discontent as I put my guitar away.
After he wondered the other day why is it that I express discontentment from the session, I tried talking to him about that, in a very delicate manner. That didn’t go very well and let’s just say the sh*t has hit the fan. No responsibility taking on his behalf what so ever, let alone any willingness to listen or try to be more sensitive.
Have you ever had such a phenomenon? How do you deal with these people?