Mudcat Café message #438327 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #33062   Message #438327
Posted By: Little Neophyte
11-Apr-01 - 03:05 PM
Thread Name: To Play What You Like or What They Want.
Subject: To Play What You Like or What They Want.
Rick Fielding is going to have a good laugh over this thread because he warned me about this dilemma.
Recently I took my banjo over to a family gathering because they wanted to hear me play. I wanted to play all the old-time banjo tunes I am currently learning but I could see that is not what they wanted to hear. They were looking for well-known banjo tunes or folk songs such as 'Oh Suzanna', 'Skip to My Lou' and 'Old Joe Clark'. They wanted to hear folk songs they could sing along to like 'This Land Is Your Land' and 'Puff the Magic Dragon'.
I now count my blessings that Rick did teach me how to play basic chords and how to find the 3 chords needed to play almost any folk song. I am so thankful that I did not only focus on learning to play old-time banjo tunes from the beginning of my lessons with Rick. If I had, I would have been totally lost as to how to play the folk songs that my relatives wanted to hear. I never realized the importance of this until now. So although I will continue to learn the music I want to play, I now realized it is best to always have a handful of tunes that everyone could sing along to.
This was a major lesson for me this past weekend.

Do others experience this problem. Do you play what others want to hear and not what you want to play?

Just wondering....
Little Neo