Wouldn't it be a good idea to channel the choices by suggesting three tunes of a kind (which had been requested in general by members of our community) per month?
Some of us wanted to learn an Irish reel (or some traditional Irish tune in general), which is now suspended once again, even if in favour of Jody's nice tune.
Best wishes - Wolf
I've been reluctant to "channel" because I honestly don't know the distribution of musical interests on concertina.net: how many Irish players? How many Scandinavian? How many English? Etc. In an effort to ensure that my own musical interests don't dominate and to generate the broadest possible participation, I've tried to choose tunes from 3 or 4 diverse genres every month, and let the market decide. (I also do this because I have a personal interest in getting pushed to learn tunes outside my comfort zone.)
In this I have tried to emulate the excellent TOTM at melodeon.net, which suggests another possible approach: continuing a diverse TOTM poll, but also selecting a "Theme of the Month."
So one month could be Irish tunes, another "Tunes Written by C.Net Members," another "Offbeat Morris tunes." Each month we'd get a number of different tunes matching the selected theme. (Melodeon.net doesn't poll for the Theme of the Month; the moderator decides).
My only concern: would having two parallel tune projects every month dilute participation in the regular TOTM? That doesn't seem to happen at melodeon.net, but they have a bigger base of active participants, I believe.
Edited by Jim Besser, 01 September 2013 - 09:27 AM.