Oboemeg’s fifty-eight comments

  • 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…

  • Re: You’re playing in a session and a tune you don’t know is called?

    I think this is a challenging question because it depends so much on the session and who started a tune/is leading. There are a few musicians I play with who if I don't feel 100% confident in their version of the tune I won't play because it does bog it ... more…

  • Re: Stay safe, stay inside, and play tunes for Ophelia

    Blessings on everyone in the storm path. May you and your families and friends be safe and snug; have a way to keep the water hot, the beer cold and the music flowing. (Patient housemates are therefore required as well.) more…

  • Re: Comfort & fear w/sheet music vs. comfort & fear of playing by ear

    I'm a both. I have no phobias about learning one way or the other; there are tunes that are harder for me to sort out by ear on flute because of ease of access to the notes. For those I may need to use a different instrument or pick up the sheets. I do r... more…