The Latecomer’s six comments

  • Re: Most common (musical) phrases used at a session

    I'm smiling at Mrs Macleod of Raasay being called a 'little known ditty' as here on Skye it's one of the locally themed tunes known by everyone. It was the first tune I ever scratched out, and then felt suitably disheartened when I heard it played at its ... more…

  • Re: What are the Basic Rules of Concertina?

    I think you'll find the first rule of Concertina is 'don't talk about Concertina'. more…

  • Re: Etymology: Trad, ITM & Irish traditional music

    Here on Skye, all the musicians I know (who hail from local to Glasgow to Shetland) call it simply 'tunes'. As in, there will be tunes in the pub tonight, anyone know where I can get tunes in Edinburgh, join us for tunes etc etc. Some call it 'diddle', bu... more…

  • Re: Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

    Hmm, interesting thought about the difference between exercising/training and practising. Do you mean the difference between working out a difficult bar, slowly going over a sticky bit, practising scales etc, vs playing a tune from start to finish in orde... more…

  • Re: Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

    What I find really interesting is not the discussion of what makes the best-of-the-best, but what the average person is capable of - if they let go of preconceptions about 'having no natural talent'. more…

  • Re: Useful site for new fiddlers/teachers

    Wow. Perhaps this site should be renamed 'simple things made incredibly complex'! more…