dfost’s three hundred and ninety-three comments

  • Re: The Destitution

    William Coulter has a lovely version of this tune, as The Ground Plan, in finger-style guitar on his Celtic Crossing CD. He also published (Mel Bay) a book with standard notation and tablature for the tunes on that CD. more…

  • Re: Playing Tunes on guitar - fretting every note or open strings…?

    It might be helpful to listen to Dick Gaughan's Coppers and Brass album with an ear towards open versus fretted strings. more…

  • Re: Guitar Cd’s?

    William Coulter has done some very nice Irish traditional music. He mainly plays in DADGAD. more…

  • Re: Banjo heads

    I have three 1920s Vega tubaphones, all with 11&13/16 heads. Have tried both heads you mention plus the Renaissance and Fiberskin heads. I like the clear, mylar heads and Renaissance are nice too. However, recently I saw a 'cloudy' head at Elderly Inst... more…

  • Re: Tenor Banjo

    If you want a short scale banjo, get one with a wide head. This will help compensate for the shorter length of the strings in terms of getting a more balanced tone - especially in getting a better bass response. My two-cents... more…

  • Re: 5 string tenor banjo

    Re: "I think GDAEB would probably work; you’d probably use a similar gauge to the A in a CGDA banjo for the B is my guess (if I’m not getting my octaves confused)6" more…

  • Re: guitar tunes

    I think Dick Gaughan was one of the first to play jigs, reels, hornpipes and other traditional Irish dance music up to speed on guitar. This isn't new, his CD, Coppers and Brass, was first copyright in 1977. Even so, I think it's still one of the better... more…

  • Re: Baritone ukulele as an ITM instrument

    I have a 1955 Vega baritone ukulele tuned GDAE. It's easy to play, and sounds nice - like a classical guitar, but small enough scale to make playing melodies as easy as on a short-scale tenor. However, it's not very loud, though does okay in smaller, q... more…

  • Re: Ear vs. robot, music vs. statistics, commonsense vs. nonsense

    'Statisics and music are about as far removed from one another as two disciplines could be, are they not?' more…

  • Re: Whats the best strings to use on a vega

    I use these on my 1924 Vega style x number 9 large pot banjo. I don't like a really bright tone, and also use a heavy pick to get a more mellow tone. These strings greatly reduce left-hand sounds made sliding up and down the neck since they are flat wou... more…