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  • Re: Are there any tune writing competitions?

    Some of the TMSA-run festivals in Scotland (Traditional Music and Song Association) have tune-writing competitions, and other festivals and folk clubs have song-writing. As Donald says, it is expected that the writer will play their own composition: in so...

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  • Re: The Humble Whistle

    Nothing humble about the whistle. Well played, it is a huge plus in any group performance. As others have mentioned, it is discreet and transportable. A good one is affordable from $5-10 upwards. It requires a fraction of the initial technical skills of m...

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  • Re: Are there any tune writing competitions?

    The Comhaltas competitions are generally three levels - county, province/region and then the national All-Ireland. 1st and 2nd placed entries are forwarded to the next competition. So you need to qualify through a local branch. I don't know the setup in U...

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  • Re: The Humble Whistle

    At least they let you get through the tune once. 🙂

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  • Re: Using different instruments for different tunes

    ....And I certainly don't want to be lugging all of those instruments around, so I'm happy to dance with the one I've brought. Besides, I've seen people have to change instruments mid set and I think that would be a little awkward for me.

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  • Re: Using different instruments for different tunes

    I guess I'm the odd man out. I can play all of my tunes on fiddle, mandolin or banjo (the GDAE family), But only a handful get ported over to the whistle or flute.

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  • Never Mind The Ballots

    Another day comes where I'm probably best spent burying myself in a few tunes...

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  • Re: Using different instruments for different tunes

    I too can 'muddle through' most tunes on any instrument but I have distinct preferences - strathspeys/pipe marches on the gob iron, slip jigs on mandolin and polkas and slides MUST be on melodeon. Jigs and reels could be on any of those instruments but ve...

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  • Re: Bi-musicality?

    I really like it!

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  • Re: The Humble Whistle

    I remember seeing many years ago figures for the number of musical instruments by country around the world. The US came first, no real surprise there. Second was Ireland. Back in those days, Ireland was a pretty poor country and the rating surprised me...

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