Skitter’s forty-nine comments

  • Re: Traveling with Fiddle

    Yes, absolutely do take it as carry on, unless you are ok with the airline destroying it. Don't let them make you check it! more…

  • Re: Best way to master rolls

    I often play scales and roll each note as a bit of an exercise . . . I also sometimes will play a tune I know well and try and incorporate as many rolls as I can (I would never play it this way outside my own house, it's just for practice), and thirdly, I... more…

  • Re: One rule: No sheet music on this thread.

    I feel a bit lucky when it comes to playing Irish music, because though I played in school orchestra for two years in elementary school (ages 10-12, approximately), I never really learned to read music -- I naturally gravitated toward learning by ear. It ... more…

  • Re: “Dumbing down” a tune - how far can you go?

    Just a wild guess, Jim . . . is it Maid Behind the Bar? more…

  • Re: Lost our session venue…. again….(sympathy and suggestions welcome)

    My profuse sympathy offered . . . this has happened several times with one of my local sessions as well. It seems like most "pubs" are not that at all -- instead many of them are sports bars with "pub" in the name. Indeed, our session leader has given up... more…

  • Re: Recommend a good tutorial for how to bow a jig

    The Kevin Burke DVDs "Learn to Play Irish Fiddle" (vol 1 and 2) are a good resource. The way I first learned was to maybe play the first three notes separate and then slur the last three, or the other way around depending on the tune. I don't remember i... more…

  • Re: building up speed

    Here's what my teacher recommended: more…

  • Re: Irish music in or near Wichita?

    I've never been to Wichita, but I know a couple of fiddle players from there; they are both in a band called Knocknasheega (http://knocknasheega.com). If nothing else, go to one of their gigs and talk to them -- they may know of some sessions in that are... more…

  • Re: Who’s going to the O’Flaherty Retreat in 2018?

    I'm going for my fourth time, and I'm already counting down -- it's a great retreat! Definitely bring a recording device (like you, I am probably going to invest in a dedicated recorder because my phone always runs out of space). Extra strings are a good... more…

  • Re: Things fall apart (i.e. my flute playing) at sessions

    It seems to be a universal consensus among my local tune-playing compatriots that playing by oneself at home and playing with other people are two almost completely different things -- adding other people into the mix always makes it more challenging at f... more…