hjcjones Posted March 3, 2020 Share Posted March 3, 2020 RAc posted while I was composing my last post. Yes, session skills do have to be learned in sessions, but you won't learn those skills if you're dependent on the dots. Tearing yourself away from them is difficult, and if it helps to have them nearby as a prop if necessary to help your confidence then so be it. However the aim should be to remove that dependence, so you can focus your attention entirely on what you and the other musicians are playing. Once you can achieve that, if only in one or two tunes, it is immensely liberating and satisfying, and that will give you the confidence to continue and to improve those skills. I've never been to a session where written music has been handed out to introduce a new tune. Someone introduces a new tune by playing it, and others join in as best they can (joining in with an unfamiliar tune is another session skill you can only learn by doing it). If they like the tune well enough, the dots may then help them to learn it outside the session, so they are better prepared the next time it is played. I'm afraid that there are key skills which you really have to learn in order to participate fully in a session, and doing without written music is one of them. It also works the other way - I am excluded from some types of event because I cannot read music, and I accept that if I wish to participate in these then I will have to make the effort to learn new skills. Why should session-playing be any different? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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