Oboemeg’s sixty-six comments

  • Re: Once and for all - how to learn Irish fiddle?

    To my understanding you’re trying to figure out how to integrate the structure and the sound. You ask who to listen to, but the question is, who do you want to listen to all the time? Check out the website of artists that you like; do they offer vid... more…

  • Re: Expressing love and community through music and the dance of life

    AB the community is one of the best bits isn’t it? If there are things we can provide from out here in your virtual music community let us know. We aren’t there to help you rebuild but I’m thinking about you all and looking forward to hearing that... more…

  • Re: Dancers

    I play for dancers almost as often as I play in sessions during some seasons; mostly ceilis, set dances and a bit of competition-style. I was a dancer before I started playing Irish seriously (I started out learning set dances on whistle to improve my li... more…

  • Re: Devil’s Advocate

    The only successful person I’ve seen used it as a method to process tunes he already ‘knew’ but couldn’t always remember. He would join in on the second repeat after tunepal on his iPad connected and pulled up the notes for him. He knows a lot o... more…

  • Re: Devil’s Advocate

    I think there are two questions at odds here. Is it culturally acceptable to bring sheets to a session and does it matter how you learn tunes? One is up for debate and one is personal. You can have an opinion about both, but really, I don’t much care ... more…

  • 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…