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Thread #61467   Message #988712
Posted By: GUEST,Russ
23-Jul-03 - 08:44 AM
Thread Name: Ban which instruments @ song circles
Subject: RE: Ban which insturments @ song circles
Wilco,
hill country of East Tennessee?
Looking at your list of typical instruments and taking into consideration your location...
I would assume that the people who show up at your clubs are familiar with bluegrass music. Maybe a fair percentage are also familiar with old time music. Why would you have to explain to such people that keyboards are not appropriate?

Additional comments

1. Useful reasoning.
Perfect syllogisms never work anywhere but in a logic class. In the real world the most useful arguments are probabilistic

Most x-players I've ever heard are annoying participants in a jam
Fred is an x-player I've never heard.
Therefore, Fred will probably annoy me in a jam.

2. Instruments don't cause problems, instrumentalists cause problems.
Players of non-acoustic instruments come from a world which is very different sonically and aesthetically from the world of acoustic instruments. My own experience does not convince me that the twain can successfully meet often enough to warrant inclusionary guidelines.

My heart goes out to curmedgeon who mentions a participant who played a plastic electronic saxophone. That person not only didn't "get it", but probably will never "get it."

3. Who needs steenkin rules?
The advantage of the sorts of rules this thread has been about is that they can prevent unpleasantness before it happens. I personally would rather have a snare drum player stay home and think bad thoughts about my noninclusive musical gathering than to have to be the one to ask the drummer to please go away.

Rules save time, energy, and egos.