Just returned from a great session. John Hewitt, obviously. Really moving fun music and great craic.With one reservation. So, I started thinking about what constitutes good accompaniment. As someone who started out backing but now play tunes, I wonder if these reflections would be helpful.
It might be better if accompanists:
1. Play in tune
2. Play in the right key
3. Play in the right rhythym
4. Play the right chords
5. Play the tunes they know
6. Don’t play the tunes they don’t know
7. Don’t try to tune before during and after tunes.
8. When you do tune, do it correctly
9. Don’t start tunes. Of if you do, don’t pull odd faces when you lose control because you haven’t practised enough.
10 See number 1