Some conclusions I'm drawing from this productive discussion:
- There is a critical mass of people who want TOTM to continue, and not all of them will be posting regularly. That's fine with me, it's just good to know!
- We (I) need to do more to welcome newbies and make it clear that their recordings are not being judged against the very experienced players we have in our midst.
- I need to provide more detailed FAQs to help people record and post. I struggled with the tech details, and need to do more to help others who are going thru the same thing.
- If possible (ie if I know the tunes) I will try to post slow, melody-only versions each month. This won't always happen, since I'm sometimes learning the tunes myself. In those cases I'll appeal to you all - maybe someone else can do it!
- I will do more to remind people that the end of the month is not a deadline, and that posting months later is just fine. From now on I'll leave each month's TOTM pinned to the top for at least an extra month.
- I thought about a Beginners Showcase, but that didn't work very well on melodeon.net, and we have a smaller base of players that I don't want to divide further. But I think it would be a good idea in some months to include in the polls only very basic tunes.
- one third to one half of the tunes in the polls have come from your suggestions, either in the thread on that topic or by PM. I'd like that to grow, so please continue sending your suggestions. I'm open to any genre, and especially value tunes from genres that are outside my areas of interest, including Scandi and Irish. The only limitations: the piece can't be too difficult for a group of participants that ranges from beginners to professionals, there must be examples of the tune on the Web for people to listen to / watch before voting in the polls and notation must be available online without violating anybody's copyright. We don't want to get Paul in trouble, after all..
- More feedback on posted tunes would be a big plus for the forum. From all of us. Even a quick "good job" will give posters a sense that their recordings are being heard. I hear the disappointment of those who post and then hear nothing - it's happened to me more often than not. Asking for feedback on particular aspects of a recording might be an effective way to generate more feedback on our postings.
Thanks for all the feedback. This really is a group endeavor.
Edited by Jim Besser, 25 September 2014 - 04:45 PM.