I'm preparing for the concertina event, and last night we also had our monthly Irish music session at a restaurant in town. Last month I was really tired and not at all in the mood, but this time went much better and it seemed I could play along with more tunes than I could a month ago. Definitely not because I've practiced, because I haven't, but maybe because I was more alert and hmm, functional?
Lately I've been thinking a lot about my music and how to focus. I always bring the mandolin to the Irish sessions because that's the instrument I'm most familiar with. But really, mandolin is not the instrument I want to use for playing Irish music. My great love is the concertina, but since I'm only in some kind of early intermediate level, and unable to play most tunes up to speed on the concertina, I do need another instrument too. But the thing is that I'm not particularly good at playing Irish tunes on the mandolin either. I can play those tunes we used to play in Clonakilty, and a couple more, but it's not that I can join in on whatever Irish tune. And I don't plan to learn more Irish tunes on the mandolin, since the instrument I really want to use for Irish music is the concertina.
I want to start focusing on what I really want, with all music genres. I want to learn to play Irish tunes on the concertina. Ok, so focus on that. I also want to take up the bouzouki/octave mandolin again, to use at the sessions when I can't play the concertina. So I'm going to practice those chords, and try to get that instrument back to its former shape (need to give it some moist and play it more often). And for the guitar... I want to play bluegrass/oldtime stuff with a Carter family style. I want to use the mandolin for bluegrass, old-time and country stuff.
Well, you get the point. I'm going to stop playing certain things on certain instruments just because it's convenient, and start focusing on what I actually WANT to learn to play on those instruments. Now I'm looking forward to the concertina event, but since Daniel isn't coming, I need to prepare something for the Sunday concert that I can do on my own, and I'm definitely going to practice some Irish and English tunes.