Reverend’s four thousand, five hundred and three comments

  • Re: Trying hard to make it look easy?

    A distinction might be able to be made between the words "easy" and "effortless". I tend to think of it in terms of "effortless" more than "easy". more…

  • Re: Seeking Donegal Fiddler Mp3s!

    In this day and age, the digital revolution has cheapened music. (And folk musicians are maybe getting hit hardest by that... So I always try to buy music that I like that I found on streaming services...) I agree that it's not great to publicly ask s... more…

  • Re: Last session @ Woodstock’s Pizza…

    I had John Whelan here for a series of 3 house concerts March 6-8 last year. The words "social distancing" had just come into our vernacular that week, but nobody was doing it -- just talking about it. For the house concerts, we changed the way we did ... more…

  • Re: Rainy days, Mondays, Covid days etc: What recording cheers you up the most?

    A couple of times in the past I have had an unexpected emotional responses to music the first time I've heard a piece. And it happened to me a couple of times in the same album, which is Far From The Hills Of Donegal by Oisín McAuley. Especially thi... more…

  • Re: What’s the easiest thing you have done to improve your playing?

    By far the easiest thing I ever did that made me better was constantly playing with people that were better than me. I was fortunate that I had a spouse and a couple friends that started playing a year or so before me. So they weren't so far out of my ... more…

  • Re: Passing of Joe Burke

    Sad news, indeed! RIP more…

  • Re: Help making sets

    That's a good point, Michael. A lot of the tunes we play have been put into long running sets that often get played, and it's nice to have that as a fallback if you decide you can't cleanly make it into another tune you were thinking of... more…

  • Re: Can of worms:- Tunes section:- Is my frustration in vain?

    To echo what others have said, with the way I use the tunes section, it really doesn't bother me much because I pretty much only ever search, and never just look at (or listen to) new tune submissions -- maybe for same the reasons that have you frustrated... more…

  • Re: Help making sets

    Michael, I like your parachuteless fall analogy! LOL! I find it somewhat difficult to think of sets ahead of time and then execute them. I am so used to deciding what I'm going to play next while I'm playing a tune. And my process goes something like... more…

  • Re: What’s the most difficult thing you have had to do to improve your playing?

    For me on banjo, the most difficult period came about 3-4 years into playing, where I had already developed habits that I decided I needed to change. The first, and most painful change was to start picking jigs with a strict DUD DUD picking pattern. T... more…