What do you think of your musical ability?
I’ll start with myself. Anyone who wants to follow suit I absolutely encourage you to join the fray with your best shot.
This has to be about playing tunes in sessions; IMO. I probably suck. I appreciate the fact that sessions happen & I’ve played with many people in many places. Sometimes it’s magic. Sometimes it’s a sheer trainwreck. I do my best & strive to keep it steady, play with solid tone, seeking a mutual balance of drive & lift with my fellow session mates. I want to be a good listener so sometimes I won’t play unless I feel the tune as it happens. Great thing about this music is there are lots of tunes and I can play ‘lots of tunes’.
Confession time. I don’t start tunes in sessions. At least not a session with more than 5 or 6 people. That’s funny because the 1st session where I played with people I only met at the session there were exactly 5 people. I’d been playing a session for nearly a year but ‘that’ session began with people I’d known. When another session spawned from ‘that’ session it was where I met 2 new players. New to me. Point is I was very comfortable, didn’t know how much I sucked and I’ve been learning ever since.
Now I’m digging a hole. I know I suck, maybe not as much I make it out to be. I do improve. I do try. (There is try for me. For others it’s only do, etc…) I always thought that was one of Yoda’s more selfish moments. Yet, he is the Master so who am I to downgrade such a venerable Jedi?
Wrapping it up I’m not the best player in the session. Personally I don’t think that’s the only thing sessions are about. Though the qualities of my playing matter. If it’s ragged that’s unacceptable. If others are better players than me (& they are) that’s who I listen to. I turn to them. They do. I try!
"What do you think of your musical ability?"