How many of you use chop chords to accompany Irish music in sessions and how many of you regret it? I was watching one of Butch Baldissari's DVDs today and he advocates the use of power chords as an alternative for fiddle tunes in BG. I started to use power chords instead of the chop chords after I realized that the back beat was not only antithetical to Irish music but very loud and a little out of place. Since then I either play the melody or use open power chords and/or counterpoint as if I were a minature zouk.
Are there any other ideas out there as far as using the mandolin in a session?