joe fidkid’s two thousand, seven hundred and eighty-nine comments

  • Re: Am Monadh Ruadh

    Very nice! more…

  • Re: Fiddle tuned in B

    Ha, funny this should come up; just this last weekend I retuned my cheap 100-yr old Markneukirchen Stainer copy down to E-B-F#-c# (low to high). I love the rich, resonant sound, it totally transforms what is otherwise a thin, nasal timbre. more…

  • Re: tune number

    I don't see how you could search for a specific tune using just the /number. I guess if you wanted to find out what was the first tune added to the database (Cooley's) or whatever, you could do that. Or are you asking, can you find Dowd's No. 9, or Martin... more…

  • Re: tune number

    One can always search. One does not always find. more…

  • Re: are you a fast or a slow player?

    I'm not sure what 'mentally process' means. For me, playing fast (115bpms +) isn't an intellectual exercise. In fact, it's easiest when I DON'T think about it. If it means to have the tune well internalized, then yeah, that's definitely part of the proces... more…

  • Re: are you a fast or a slow player?

    One of most unpleasant sounds is a player who cranks out a super-fast stream of machine-gun notes. Many’s the time I’ve heard someone trying to play fast and thought, well, when it comes to lilt and lift, they sure play fast! more…

  • Re: Which of these songs is easier on fiddle for someone new to Irish music?

    @Tom Stermitz--I don't see any problem with calling a collection of recorded music an "album" whether it's vinyl, CD or Purchased AAC Audio file. Same with 'track' I guess, in the sense of a single audio journey with a beginning, middle and end--although ... more…

  • Re: Which of these songs is easier on fiddle for someone new to Irish music?

    Just so you know, David, in Irish traditional music, instrumental melodies are normally referred to as 'tunes', not 'songs.' Just part of the nomenclature. Songs imply words that you sing. Yes, many of the tunes are also melodies to songs. But unless you'... more…

  • Re: Which of these songs is easier on fiddle for someone new to Irish music?

    I second the Ballydesmond polkas as easiest. But fine tunes, nevertheless. more…

  • Re: Method Books.

    I'm with Fidele Barnia in the feeling that if you get one thing out of a book, it's worthwhile. Most tutorial books are around $25 US, a fair fee for a half-hour lesson. more…