Ailin’s two thousand, nine hundred and five comments

  • Re: Survey question

    I can only speak for myself. Before I had a weekly session to go to, I would never join a tune I didn't know well. Now, I find I have absorbed so many tunes I've never sat down to learn, I just play what I can and vamp through the rest. We record our s... more…

  • Re: Key of A

    I am accomplished on flute, but I find tunes like Mason's Apron and Boys of Malin awkward to play briskly. I have a G# key, but I don't use it enough to be as fluid as I'd like. I can certainly do it, but I absolutely concur A is not flute-friendly. Ha... more…

  • Re: Session Bingo

    Doesn't interest me in the least. more…

  • Re: Global warming & getting to sessions (fast) w/lower emissions using electric transportation.

    That's nuts, Ben! You want to kill yourself? Ride a bike. more…

  • Re: Warm up/opening tune in your session?

    We may start with anything, but end with the same set. I like that. It's like saying good night. I get there early and warm up on whatever suits my mood. more…

  • Re: Why isn’t Cavan Potholes played at sessions?

    Not an insult, just an honest assessment. The op asked why the tune is not played at sessions. I think it's not worth learning compared to so many tunes that are. You are free to disagree, but don't call what I said an insult. An insult is personal. M... more…

  • Re: Why isn’t Cavan Potholes played at sessions?

    Lively, yes. Interesting, not to me. Kind of generic diddley. Not much in the way if melodic interest. more…

  • Re: drum loops for practising

    To be clear, mechanical time keepers are typically used to accompany lessons that teach the basics of playing from written music. What I think the op is looking for is a mechanical bodhran player. Basic 6/8 timekeeping will not help you to play jigs. I... more…

  • Re: drum loops for practising

    Good luck, then. more…

  • Re: drum loops for practising

    I'd advise against this for two reasons. First, percussion should follow you, not the reverse. Second, practicing to a canned beat inhibits the development of flow and lift because you are constantly succumbing to the pressure of not falling behind. Yo... more…