dfost’s four hundred and forty-four comments

  • Re: Survey question

    Yes, I have read your recommendation AB, and I agree with your advice. I've had several discussions with this person, but it hasn't helped. I hope that if this person could someday understand that the general feeling of most session players is that loud p... more…

  • Re: Survey question

    In our session, we sometimes have people playing when they don't know the tunes. I find this is often disruptive, and tends to detract from the quality of the music. I was curious about how others here feel about this, so I asked your opinions. more…

  • Re: Survey question

    Thanks for the insights everyone. It was interesting that some commented about certain instruments, such as pipes and accordions, presenting a different challenge due to volume issues. This made me wonder about other instruments, such those used for accom... more…

  • Survey question

    Many statements of session etiquette say something to the effect that if you don't know the tune, don't play. I tend to agree with this, but would like to know how many of you would agree. Here are some statement examples: more…

  • Re: Mixing Irish Music in the Studio

    I agree with Matt Milton regarding 'it might be worth considering paying for someone to master it.' My wife and I recorded some O'Carolan tunes on harp and mandolin, and then I paid the professionally trained son of one of my coworkers to master the track... more…

  • Re: out-of-Ireland styles of Irish trad music

    My wife and I were in Paris in November of 2018. We attended a session at The Quiet Man. My wife had a concertina, and I had a mandolin; almost everyone else had a mandolin too :-) more…

  • Re: Finbarr Dwyer Documentary

    Thanks for posting. My wife and I enjoy very much and play several of Finbarr Dwyer's tunes. more…

  • Re: drum loops for practising

    FWIW, there's a CD called Celtic Beat which is a bodhran tutorial by Ray Gallen. One channel has the bodhran, and the other channel has tunes played by assorted instruments. All major time signatures seem to be represented: jig, reel, hornpipe, slip jig, ... more…

  • Re: Learning the DUD DUD picking pattern on Mandolin

    Some accomplished mandolin instructors I've had over the past 10 years have said essentially that 'every tune is unique, so the picking pattern for the way you want to play any given tune is specific to that tune'. This implies that picking 'patterns' may... more…

  • Re: Sessions from heaven and hell, a thought

    I agree with Darth Piper regarding 'connection'. The time I remember being most connected to multiple people around me playing music was when we were all tripping on acid - can't help but wonder what our session now would sound like under those condition... more…