Hi all I'm fairly new to ITM and while I have about 12 tunes under my belt I'm having a heck of a time putting two together.its awkward for me at sessions only playing one tune three times through . I feel like everyone is waiting for that next tune.. any tips out there other than practice practice and practice? Also I've been told that only jigs go with jigs and reels with reels. Is this a truism or is the session leader being a tune Nazi?

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Comment by Quentin Page on April 22, 2014 at 4:45pm
Hello Scott. To enlarge on the last posting I would like to add that as long as the note your jig finishes on is related to the first note of your reel,it will work,and try some and see if they sound as a natural follow on,as long as it sounds natural to you just do it. Good luck. Quentin
Comment by Quentin Page on April 21, 2014 at 11:58pm
Hello Scott sorry it's taken so long to reply,yes you can put jigs with reels but I suggest this,if the last note of a jig is the first of a reel and they are low G notes then it will work,I would not put a reel with a jig or the music would slow down in effect , but a jig going into a reel speeds up,which is much more desireable,but you need to be really really familiar with those tunes that you experiment with,but you will find it most satisfying to do all this but not easy when you are starting out,best find another musician to help you . Regards Quentin.
Comment by Scott on January 20, 2014 at 2:06am
Thank you ! I Kind of knew that and I will try not to rush these things..about my other question regarding set tunes..jigs with jigs and reels with reels. Is that definitive
Or is there leeway? I only ask this because I have come across set tunes by various bands like dedannon that use jigs and reels in the same set.. can you only do it if your quasi famous? Thanks again..I don't want to be shunned out of my newly found session!
Comment by Quentin Page on January 20, 2014 at 12:08am
Hello Scott. Another tip would be to ask another musician to teach you some more tunes to make sets from,and to practice with that person as much as you can,you might find it very hard to progress by yourself,when I started it took two years of weekly practice to be good enough to play in any sessions,then I got in a band and it all took off after that,so please try to slow down a bit and get a big repertoire under your belt,like about two hours worth of tunes,or at least twenty or thirty then you will be able to arrange your own setts , it's a long haul , there are no short cuts. Regards Q

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