pianoter’s one hundred and three comments

  • Putting swing into your fiddle

    I've been playing for 4 years and would consider myself fairly decent. I haven't had a teacher in ages but while watching the following video it dawned on me that my fiddle playing doesn't have nearly as much swing as I enjoy hearing. Take a look more…

  • Saltarello De Phalese

    Heard this on "Songs and Dances of the Flemish Renaissance", a seemingly obscure album that I've only been able to find on Youtube. I transcribed it by ear. Pretty simple tune but there's something so endearingly catchy about it! The simplicity of tunes b... more…

  • Re: Willie Coleman’s

    This sounds a lot like Rose in the Heather actually. more…

  • Buying fiddles online

    What is your opinion on this? I don't like the idea of buying an instrument without hearing how it sounds first, but the selection of fiddles for the price range I'm after (€4-500) is not all that great. Surprising for a place like Galway. more…

  • Re: What’s the difference between a Scottish Jig and an Irish Jig?

    There are certainly some tunes that are associated with the Ulster-Scots Protestant identity. There is no real difference between the tunes, but I have noticed Scottish jigs tend to be in Amix a lot, which is nice, this is no doubt due to the bagpipe infl... more…

  • Re: What other music do you especially like - and why?

    I love and listen to all other forms of music, but outside of folk/trad, the genre I listen to most and love as much as trad, is metal. I'm talking black and death metal, the very abrasive stuff with dark imagery and lyrical content. I love it. Metal was ... more…

  • Re: The Atholl Highlanders

    What a tune. The D part is especially stomping. I like playing Cock o' the North after this, in fact I can't see them as anything but inseparable. Out of all the tunes I know those two match so well together. Not to mention the Jig of Slurs. I love these ... more…

  • Re: Unknown fiddle ornament - “bow slide?”

    Hello everyone thanks for the responses! After watching Hanneke Cassel's video it seems indeed that what I am referring to is a hammer on grace note. Interesting, I have heard of hammer ons plenty especially in relation to guitar playing but I don't know ... more…

  • Unknown fiddle ornament - “bow slide?”

    So basically, years ago my only fiddle teacher showed me an ornament that I use extensively (no longer his student). However, I don't know what it's called, have never seen it notated and am unsure on how often I've even heard it. Basically, say you have ... more…

  • Re: Ball of fiddle string pops out of tailpiece (+ G not tuning)

    PS thanks for all the advice and help. Do you think getting fine tuners would help with any of this? There's a moderate chance that some of the music stores may have at the least some fine tuners. more…