samson3’s twenty-nine comments

  • Re: Beginner Concertina

    I have been playing the McNeela Wren for about a year or more now. It has been a good starter instrument for the price (got it considerably reduced). Keep an eye out for sales, as McNeela reduces the prices from time to time by quite a lot. The bellows we… more…

  • Re: Consequences of learning on an inferior instrument

    Echoing previous comments - try out other flutes in your price range and see if they provide you with a more enjoyable experience than your current Delrin one. I keep my Delrin one (a very beginner Tony Dixon that works surprisingly well) for carrying aro… more…

  • Re: Concertina’s place in ITM

    Thanks for the book link, Howard Jones. Sounds interesting. It’s marked on my Christmas wishlist! 🙂 more…

  • Re: Irish/Boehm chops

    Hi Randy, I play a Boehm system silver flute, and have played for many years (RCM exams and all). I recently rented an alto flute to try it out before buying. After practicing the alto flute for several days, I discovered that when I returned to playing m… more…

  • Re: Heads up on faboulus CD!

    Thanks for the recommendation. I am just enjoying listening to it on Bandcamp. more…

  • Re: New Concertina player

    I also recommend the online lessons with Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Excellent tunes, the website is well set up for learning and practice and she moves along at a reasonable rate in terms of new learning, with lots of tips as you advance. It is about $35 per m… more…

  • Re: Help needed (flute)

    Hi Paper Dragon. The pain sounds like it is strain related to posture and/or embouchure. It may be worthwhile for you to pay for a few lessons with a flute teacher who can observe your breathing, embouchure, and posture, to help with suggestions. Even a c… more…

  • Re: Are ITM sessions primarily older, white, male-dominant or is this a faulty premise about trad sessions?

    I think this is more about the venue than the people. As a few commentators have said, the bar/club environment at night may not be a location that women on their own feel comfortable attending. By contrast, any musical events or groups that I have been i… more…

  • Re: Discussion: Progressive sentiment behind the Hag tune set?

    There’s no harm in choosing a related term for translations, such as substituting “old woman” for “hag” or “bundle of sticks” for “faggots” where modern meanings have changed. Some thought to adjusting verses may be necessary. For example, some old tunes … more…

  • Re: Shanties make a comeback on TikTok 😀

    Just spent an enjoyable half hour listening to some of the songs and acquainting myself with the tiktok shanty phenomenon. Thanks for the links, folks! It’s great to see all the musical collaboration, especially with young males, who in some communities … more…