Is Session Play Corrosive of Quality Solo Play?
I don’t see how the answer can be anything other than a resounding Yes!
Session Play is generally at a very fast speed, pushing many players to play beyond the tempo at which they have tune mastery.
Session Play is group play, which masks individual playing defects.
Session Play stifles the development of the individual player’s musical expression, preventing him/her from developing their own “voice”.
Session Play encourages the development of a vast repertoire, effectively emphasizing quantity over quality.
None of this is to deny that there are many positives in Session Play, e.g., exposing players to new tunes, observing different playing styles, camaraderie, etc. But, on net, doesn’t Session Play ultimately corrupt aspiring solo players?