DonaldK’s six hundred and seventy-three comments

  • Wrong chord

    Oops. It's always harder writing chords than playing them. more…

  • It's much more likely to confuse the melody players with all those accidentals. Paradoxically they make the underlying harmony much easier to detect so I would have thought that, as long as they are capable of playing in Bb, the chords are reasonably obvi... more…

  • Second setting in correct key: first two parts in D, this and fourth in A. more…

  • I would suggest that the title "Big John MacNeill" came about to distinguish this tune (with 8 bar parts) from Peter Milne's original "John MacNeill's Reel" (with 4 bar parts). I.e., it's "John MacNeill's" made bigger. more…

  • Re: Flatpicking A to B

    Matt, in bluegrass you wouldn't play two tunes back to back (as in a set). In bluegrass you play one tune until you get fed up with it, then stop then play another tune. So you would have time to remove your capo. more…

  • Re: Flatpicking A to B

    I also tune my B string a tad flat to get a more acceptable major third between the G and B strings. more…

  • This march is by Andrew Rankine, original key A, I think. more…

  • Re: Beginner to guitar backing for traditional Irish music

    I accompany quite a lot of (Scottish) pipe tunes, about half of which are in A, in standard tuning. more…

  • Re: how to play similar to Dennis Cahill

    For that Rakish Paddy clip it sounds (and looks) like he's playing particularly unjazzy C5 (8-x-x-5-8-x) and D5 (10-x-x-7-10-x) chords. more…

  • Re: Similarities and differences in Irish and Scottish Traditional music.

    Excellent. more…