Oboemeg’s sixty-one comments

  • Re: Tunes in Charlottesville, VA

    Hey guys, I’m up in Wisconsin now but lived near Charlottesville for a few years. Reach out to the Blueridge Irish Music School http://www.brimstunes.org. Lori has always been super helpful and they can tell you what’s cooking tunes-wise in the area... more…

  • Re: Learning from others.

    I seem to pick up tunes like a magpie so I learn from any musician whose playing of a tune catches my ear. It seems that clear phrasing and notes and that ‘special something’ matters more than that it’s a flute or whistle for me. I learn a lot of ... more…

  • Re: The seemingly recurring death of slow seisuns

    I started out 2 years ago in a class (slow session of sorts) of about 12 musicians who didn’t play Irish, taught by a longtime musician and gifted teacher who was looking to build a more active local scene. Everyone could read music and had some techni... more…

  • Re: Busy Bass Accompaniment

    I may not know any better, but a dear friend who has taught me a ton of tunes plays fiddle flute and guitar and is an outstanding accompanist. It might fall into ‘busy’ but I don’t find it distracting from the tune. Sometimes I get distracted lis... more…

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

    I have a similar background and came to properly playing Irish music relatively recently. I have been listening to Irish music for most of my life and I know that it makes a difference. How well do you know the tunes before you learn them? Have you pic... more…

  • Re: How do you guys decide sets?

    I was thinking about how different everyone’s attitudes are toward sets at our session this week. There are the people who have structured sets that they grumble about breaking up, there are the people who abhor a new tune in among old favorites, there... more…

  • Re: Whether you like all music or not…

    I think the funny thing is that music is full of complexity and that statement leaves no room for it. more…

  • Re: Heart And Home

    Has anyone the original liner notes? I'm just curious to see what else was included information-wise. more…

  • Re: Listening skills, retaining what I hear, singing, playing that on my instrument, sessioning, and improving all that

    I loved music as a kid and apparently sang most of the time, trying out melodies with whatever words came to hand. I asked for piano lessons when I was 7 or eight and didn’t like them because all I learned were nursery songs I could play by ear. I sta... more…

  • Re: Sessions & social networking

    Week to week we text each other depending on who’s in, send emails about house parties or call or chat when we run into each other. We do have a chat group on Facebook just to check in with each other, though the session is persistent at the same place... more…