The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60576 Message #970340
Posted By: Ely
21-Jun-03 - 07:01 PM
Thread Name: Death of Diversity?
Subject: RE: Death of Diversity?
We go through phases--what we played five or ten years ago is not the same as what we play now. There are a lot of tunes in common, but people are always introducing new ones, and a lot of the newer players don't know the songs that were "in" when I was learning (heck, sometimes *I* don't know them any more). But there are a limited number of songs that sound good and are reasonable to try to play on the dulcimer, and we do tend to learn things from the same recordings as many other dulcimer players--probably because we can see that they're manageable--so I suppose that across the board, we all have a lot in common.
Of course, there are people in our group that are more "cool" to follow than others. There is one family that could teach anything and have it become a hit, but some people introduce good songs and nobody learns them.