dfost’s four hundred and twenty-nine comments

  • Re: New! Improved!

    Thanks again Bill very much for this great resource, and to AB for help getting to the ABC files. more…

  • Re: New! Improved!

    Very impressive! Thanks for the great resource. Is there a way to 'grab' the ABC code so it can be pasted into ABC Navigator, ABC Explorer, or other player? I don't seem to be able to do this from the PDF files. Thanks again. more…

  • Re: Paddy Fahey’s compositions

    I apologize if you already way ahead of me on this. This document from Maria Holohan has numbers for the various reels, jigs, and hornpipes. My wife and I have been able to use the numbers for the tunes we're learning to stay in sync. Absent any better... more…

  • Re: What makes a good tune name?

    Place? Maudabawn Chapel, Beare Island, Bantry Bay, Bunker Hill, Calum's Road, Coleraine, Far Away, Mist Covered Mountain, Ormond Sound, Out on the Ocean, Spancil Hill, Trip to ..., Rakes of ..., Humors of ..., Stack of ..., Bonaparte Crossing the ..., e... more…

  • Re: Paddy Fahy RIP

    Adrian W. Several others have used the link successfully. Do you have Acrobat Reader (a free program)? This usually gives you the option of downloading a document. If you do that, then you should be able to view all of the 61 pages from your downloade... more…

  • Re: Paddy Fahy RIP

    Maria Holohan created a compilation of Paddy Fahy tunes. The PDF is about 3.2 MB and 61 pages with one tune per page. According to Wikipedia 'His known compositions number around 60 tunes, all of which are either jigs, reels or hornpipes', so the PDF wo... more…

  • Re: Octave Mandolin for Accompaniment

    I too struggle at playing up to speed on tenor banjo and mandolin. The comment by Steve: "To get fast you need to learn to play slow without tension in either arm" well describes my challenge. But, I keep working at it, and am seeing, after a decade an... more…

  • Playing this music and social life

    My wife and I are avid players - several sessions per month and hours per day practicing. It's notable that, other than our kids and associated in-laws, our entire social world is made up of other musicians. Our closest friends are players - even when w... more…

  • Re: Mandolin groups

    Welcome. If you haven't already, you could also try more…

  • Re: Reaching plateau of difficulty learning new tunes

    What keeps me going, tune after tune, is my partner - the mutual goal motivates my wife and me. If you can find someone to learn with, even if just a casual friendship, it might help get past the plateau. more…