dfost’s four hundred and ninety-four comments

  • Re: guitar album recommendations

    William Coulter has some nice work out there. more…

  • Re: Gerry O’Connor banjo tuning

    I don't think I could pass a sound distinction test regarding 19 versus 17 inch scale. In what way do they sound different? I play a lot of mandolin, so short scale banjo makes for less of a switch. I've heard that a larger head diameter can help 'compens... more…

  • Re: Guitar Question

    I've followed a path similar to Arthur Figgis - started with guitar (finger-style melody with modest accompaniment), but couldn't hear myself in a session. Switched to banjo (mandolin also works well in small sessions) and never looked back. more…

  • Re: Undo a bad impression? feat. Spoons (I know, eww)

    You seem to be a sensitive and empathetic person, and this should come across to the musicians when you have further interactions with them. The suggestion that you get a whistle and learn some tunes is a good one. You can still continue refine your singi... more…

  • Re: Can resonators be removed from all tenor banjos?

    The resonator on my 1924 Vega banjo screws on and off - the switch is very easy. Vintage Vega 17 fret tenors, especially with a tubaphone tone ring, are quite nice for ITM. Whether I have the resonator on or not, the banjo is still comfortable to hold. more…

  • Re: Guitar accompaniment

    It seems to me that the closest thing in Irish traditional music would be to play melody and intersperse some appropriate chords along the way. In doing this, the guitar 'runs' would be actual sequences of the melody of the tune. Chords must be carefully ... more…

  • Re: Recordings with lots of Airs (flute preferred but not necessary)

    The Celtophile label has a CD called 'Putting on Airs'. It's a collection of 'Celtic Airs' by various artists, including Altan, James Keane, Cherish the Ladies, Kevin Burke, and others. more…

  • Re: Genre description help

    FWIW, Brian Taheny, Dan MacDonald and Ross Griffiths have a band named "North Atlantic Drift" more…

  • Re: Tech help about making a home video of a tune, then adding accompaniment.

    My wife and I are making a St. Patrick's Day music video in collaboration with some friends for a local retirement community broadcast that day. I've used DaVinci Resolve in the past, but found it more powerful, and therefore more complex to learn, than I... more…

  • Re: Banjo maintenance tips

    When I change strings on my Vega banjos, I mix a little water and Murphy's Oil Soap (especially good for wood), lightly dampen a clean cloth with the solution, and wipe down all of the wooden parts, including the neck and the fretboard. Check to make sure... more…