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GUEST,Sharon G Talking and other session etiquette (37) RE: Talking and other session etiquette 23 Oct 02

I generally agree with those who commented that you're in a public place, and so it's reasonable to expect some talking to go on. We as musicians do have a choice in the venue for our session, and if we're going to be in public, then we need to accept the public....or have a quiet, intimate house session. We as musicians should be respectful to one another, and keep conversations quiet or away from the main session activity, but I don't think it means being a silent audience if we're not joining in on a particular tune.

I'm not a singer, but think it is respectful to a singer to be quiet and listen to the words. People who are not familiar with traditional music but just happen to be drinking and socializing can't be expected to quiet down- they are outside of the whole concept. Yet it's amazing how many of them do quiet down to listen.

I used to think that a session was about playing tune after tune almost non-stop.   Having expressed something to that effect to a senior traditional musician, he replied "It's not the tunes, it's the chat". It gave me a lot to think about, and I have since learned to place a greater value on the conversation that are interspersed between tunes.   An analogy- sometimes what makes a tune great is the space between the notes, not the notes of the tune.


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