dfost’s four hundred and eight comments

  • Re: Sessions in Paris, November 6-9, 2018?

    Thanks very much fiddlinggrapefruit - we may be able to attend both sessions, but Wednesday for sure. We would be bringing concertina and mandolin, and know quite a few tunes that would be considered 'the usual suspects' over here in more or less the Chi... more…

  • Sessions in Paris, November 6-9, 2018?

    We believe there is a session at The Quiet Man on Wednesday, November 7th, 8:00-10:30, but have not been able to confirm. Does anyone have information or suggestions? Thanks very much. more…

  • Re: Devil’s Advocate

    To me, a lot of the enjoyment of playing ITM with others in a session is engaging together in a shared memory - the memory of the tune. This is something that creates common ground among us that is neutral territory - this kind of music is not opinionate... more…

  • Re: Seems a long time since any discussion of playing the bodhran

    IMHO, I would suggest that any really good bodhran playing would have to be informed by knowing the tune being played. The melody players all made the effort to know the tune. It seems obvious that very few serious collaborative musical efforts could be... more…

  • Re: Mandola

    I tune my 17" scale length mandola, lowest tone to highest tone, to DAEA - not so different from the standard mandola tuning of CGDA that different string gauges are required. I like this tuning because the DAE strings, that I'm familiar with on my mando... more…

  • Re: An experimental album of Irish traditional music and computer-generated tunes

    Wonder what the reactions will be in our session when someone asks me 'where did that tune come from?' And I say 'from an artificial intelligence machine' :-) . This process seems similar to natural language processing, which makes sense as language and... more…

  • Re: are you a fast or a slow player?

    For reference regarding dance speed: http://www.irish.dance/competition-rules/ more…

  • Re: Foot tapping is more about dance and feeling the tune than accuracy is it not?

    Having seen Martin Hayes up close at The Ark in Ann Arbor, I can say without fear of contradiction that he is a very avid foot-tapper. This is evident also on his recorded music. To hear and see him play, one would have to conclude that the feeling of t... more…

  • Acoustic instruments commonly used in ITM:

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  • Re: best head to use on vega professional

    I have a different Vega banjo, a 1924 style X number 9 with the 11 and 13/16 inch head. I used a Remo Renaissance head for a while, and it did sound pretty good, but in addition to the large pot on my banjo I also prefer to use a fairly heavy pick (same ... more…