JT’s eighty-nine comments

  • Re: How far should the focus of this site be allowed to drift away from its original purpose?

    I think that maintaining the central theme of a site is good, when it's not entirely close-minded. Then again, I'm not sure if it makes a huge difference in the long run. Having seen a fair amount of message boards arise and die, the scenario was as follo... more…

  • Re: Learning from notation.

    I think the flute is a very good choice, Stephen (and I do appreciate your approach to this whole thing and discussion - if all classically educated musicians were like this). more…

  • Re: Learning from notation.

    I think there is no problem with learning from sheet music, provided one has a style to integrate the skeleton (captured in the sheet music) in it. more…

  • Re: Any high quality whistle makers? I need tips!

    Well, good for you... I'm cleaning the windway regularly (without which the problem was indeed much worse). more…

  • Re: Any high quality whistle makers? I need tips!

    bogman: Maybe with yours, certainly not with mine. It's ok for sessions, but not for live playing, where it can start clogging mid set (particularly when playing outside where it can get cold). Mine needs at least 15-30 seconds of warming up the head to m... more…

  • Re: Any high quality whistle makers? I need tips!

    Goldie whistles are good indeed (I'm actually selling mine in D, PM me if interested - I'm living in the UK, but could probably get it to my family in Prague, if you wanted to pick it up there). more…

  • Re: WTF

    Obviously hard to say anything conclusive, and enough comments on the side that their behaviour is not nice - that's clearly an option. This is a rather likely option if you try to be nice and they really just ignore you. more…

  • Re: Apartment Etiquette

    When I moved, I always asked neighbours soon after arriving, asking when it's ok for me to practise so it doesn't disturbe them (pipes, so a lot more penetration than a flute). If two sides of the flat/house gave different time intervals each day, I'd mov... more…

  • Re: Poetic Versus Linear Learning by Caoimhín Mac Aoidh

    It's a bit strange dichotomy... Years back, I started learning via what is called the "linear method", but obviously, I quickly realised that some bars (or "phrases") were the same and would remember it in a "compressed" form. more…

  • Re: The Meaning of a “Very Generous Tip”?

    What makes me curious now is - why in the world would someone be offended by someone else having good fortune? I mean, people get offended by just about anything these days, but still... more…