Kevin McCarthy’s fifteen comments

  • A question for harmonica players

    Hi, I recently used an old Hohner Marine band in G to try out a new tuning- I tuned the 1st hole draw down to low G, creating the same note on the blow and draw reeds. This allows a consistent drone while using the tongue blocking technique. It sounds ver... more…

  • Best way to rest hand on Banjo

    Hi, I've been learning the banjo for a few months now and have noticed the different ways of resting the plucking hand on the banjo (Pinkie finger, closed, open, etc.). Has anyone got tips of the most suitable method and/or the do's and dont's associated?... more…

  • Going from string to string on a banjo

    Hi, I recently started at the banjo and I find that especially in reels I can tend to lose tempo because I hit the string again while moving up/ down strings. Any tips for resting my plucking hand/ holding plec, etc? more…

  • The Railway Bar

    Weekly Session of excellent standard. Great atmosphere and highly skilled players. 10 till late. more…

  • Trad Guitar tips

    Hi, I play a bit of guitar in EADGBE tuning but it's very plain compared to other guitarists. Has anyone got any tips on tunings and techniques? more…

  • Harmonica that sounds like Concertina/Accordion

    Hi, just wondering if anyone knows of any harmonica model that sounds like a concertina or accordion, or at least one that's louder than other standard harmonicas? more…

  • Re: Traditional Irish harmonica players

    Yeah, Mick Kinsella is very good as well. more…

  • Re: Tuning harmonicas

    Does getting a harmonica custom tuned cost much? more…

  • Tuning harmonicas

    Hi, I'm considering tuning a diatonic harmonica to the paddy richter scale, but I'm not sure how to safely tune the reed that requires tuning. I would appreciate tips on how to tune the reed without damaging it. more…

  • Techniques for the harmonica

    Hi, just wondering if there's anyone who knows some really good techniques for the harmonica (especially diatonic) in Irish traditional music? more…