What could be more fun than an “Open Mic” where you and an accomplished guitar playing friend decide on three of your favorite fiddle tunes and set out to play them and……just as you’re introducing the first tune, the stage behind you is swarmed by novice musicians who have invited themselves to your open mic moment in the sun?
And, you are planning on performing a waltz (Celtic, with a gazillion beautiful chord changes), a lightning fast (I mean lightning fast) reel that’s incredibly hard to keep up with, and for a third tune, a moderately paced tune in B Flat and the “volunteer” guitar, fiddle and mandolin accompanists are out of tune with their poorly-positioned capos!?
This is why I rarely ever sign up for “Open Mic”. “Open Mic” is a nightmare when the stage fills with “volunteers”.
Of course this scenario works equally well with banjo tunes, too. Been there. Done that. T-shirt in the closet. lol!
Hahahah Fred I am feeling the pain right now! Although I once resembled the novice intruders so I can’t complain too loudly. :) But I agree, the open mic is definitely a mixed bag. We usually make this rule: Don’t join in on a special UNLESS you are specifically invited, as in, “Y’all help me out on this one!”