Session differences between traditions
So a friend of mine was breathing fire recently about a (Irish) player who came to their (bluegrass) session and trampled all over people’s breaks, played during songs when not invited, etc.
This led to a discussion of how different kinds of sessions are run, even though on the face of it, they look remarkably the same.
And I realized how little I know about bluegrass and old time and such and am wondering about the differences between the traditional musics and how they run their sessions.
We all know the wide spectrum available in Irish sessions in terms of how they’re run. I’d love to hear how bluegrass and old time and other such traditions run their sessions in order to keep from trampling all over someone else’s session, and how wide the spectrum is in terms of etiquette there.
How ‘bout it, you bluegrass and old time types? Would you mind giving me a list of the different etiquette points?
I know bluegrass players take turns playing sort of solos (breaks) and other players aren’t supposed to play during those breaks, for instance.
What else do I need to know if I find myself in a bluegrass or old time session?