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astro homage to Rise Up Singing (374* d) RE: homage to Rise Up Singing 29 Dec 08

I am very new to the folk experience. I would find it intolerable if I felt that my poor expertise at singing or playing was being judged badly by the people that I get together with. I need to learn tunes and the music is the only way right now. If high ability is expected at a group sing or jam then I wish someone would say so that I could go away. Of course, I would not go back either. I would figure it's a closed club and outsiders are not welcome.

It is only prudence and politeness on my part not to take a lead position for song or playing now. It would be done badly on my part and would drag down the group. I am happy to be in the background, watching, learning, and enjoying. In time, with books, listening, and watching I'll learn and will take a stronger role.

As far as singing, it is hard to find places where to sing both in Tucson and in Los Angeles. If anyone knows where to find singing in either place please let me know, I would join. I would only hope that the group would be pleased that they are drawing out new people. I would also hope that the experienced hands would find joy in teaching and turning on a newbie...not judgement and condemnation. If that was the case, then I find no hope for that particular group...


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