Playing with others, especially at a fast tempo, can be daunting for any musician. Some of the reasons for this feeling of helplessness can be attributed to:
you usually play alone – you don’t know the melody well – you might not know the chords – you might not have chord knowledge – you try to play too much – you try to play “it all” – you don’t know where the chords change, etc.
A good way to approach playing in a group, for example an Irish session, is to first learn just the chords. Play them slowly and methodically. Use open 5th (see the you tube tutorial).
Here is a way for you to solidly learn to accompany a tune that you may want to play in a group, or at a pub in an Irish session. Provided for you are
1 — lead sheet
2 – chord chart
3 – sound files both fast and slow
You can download the files mentioned above for free. They are at www.folkharp.com – see categories on left side, choose free PDF dowloads and look for Breeches full of Stitches. Enjoy!!