Steve Wilson’s two hundred and thirty-six comments

  • Re: Fiddle strings!

    I originally strung my violin with Prim's and although I like them a lot I wanted something slightly mellower but still loud so I went with Zyex. more…

  • Re: The gift of not having to give up

    just keep at it. I was off of playing for ten years or so partly due to having surgeries on all of my fingers for trigger release issues. This year I had the last two fingers operated on and they're almost back to normal dexterity. It can take a while ... more…

  • Re: best tips for guitarist learning tunes on the fly at a session

    Listen to Arty McGlynn, Dáithí Sproule, and Mick Moloney (good guitar backing in addition to being a great banjo/mandolin player). Realize that the modern approach to guitar backing ITM is using DADGAD. Back when I was using a guitar in ITM (mid 80's)... more…

  • Re: Using different instruments for different tunes

    I love playing my Sobell Octave Mandolin but it does have a couple of downsides; hard to play at warp speed (plus I like how it sounds played a little slower) and it's on the quieter side so has a problem when the session grows beyond 6-8 players. There ... more…

  • Re: Guitar for 7 year old

    Baby Taylor - it's a well made 3/4 size guitar. The string tension is pretty low on this guitar so it isn't very hard on the fingers. Both of my kids started on a Baby Taylor at that age, my daughter still has it as it's an enjoyable guitar to play. My... more…

  • Re: Whistle Stands

    A simple, but somewhat ugly stand can be made out of block of wood. Choose a block of wood 2x2, 2x3, or 3x3 and 5-8" long. Measure the outside diameter of your whistles. Using a drill press (or drill guide if you're crazy), drill holes slightly larger ... more…

  • Re: Central Texas Sessions

    Get in contact with Ken Fleming who is the director of the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat or John Liestman of the Houston School of Irish Music (see web sites for contact info) and they will be able to help you. more…

  • Re: Whistle Stands

    Probably not enough of a market for a commercial product. Are you looking for a stand that attaches to a mic stand? sit's on a table? You'll probably need to either make one yourself or sketch out what you want and spend a few hundred dollars having some... more…

  • Re: ABC to violin tablature?

    learn standard notation. In the vast majority of ITM tunes standard notation maps readily to the mandolin or violin fingerboard. Very few tunes will have you going into 2nd, 3rd, or 4th position which is where TAB can be useful. The only choice you real... more…

  • Re: The potential advantages of exploring several instruments at once and remaining unfocused

    Everyone I know who has become awesome on an instrument shares the following in common. Sometime during their schooling (Middle School and/or High School) they dedicated nearly every waking hour to learning their instrument, usually at the expense of sch... more…