Bruce’s twelve comments

  • Re: New Hammer Dulcimer app for iPad

    Thank you very much for this app. I'm about to head out to a very small, very isolated town in Central Australia and was trying to work out how to take my mandolin with me. With this app I can practice tunes easily and, as my iPad has most of my music on ... more…

  • Re: Free PDF Tunebooks

    As an isolated Aussie (with Scots grandparents) who plays for his amusement, may I second Ailin's comment. more…

  • Re: Playing in plaster

    From a rural GP's perspective - if it doesn't hurt, it won't stop the bones healing. None of the muscles which are used for finger movement attach to wrist bones, so the tendons are only sliding past the area of the fracture, not pulling on the bone. If y... more…

  • Re: Alcohol go straight to the fingers?

    How did we get from the effect of alcohol on your ability to play music to the treatment of gout and the Krebs cycle? more…

  • Re: Not a defence of mediocrity, but…

    I enjoy the music I make, but accept that I will never have the talent or the skill to be a first class musician. I also accept that there are people who have that talent and skill and for whom music is the major part of their lives. I also believe that w... more…

  • Re: Brining more than one instrument to a session

    Arrows optional? more…

  • Re: Advantages to playing fiddle with a closed wrist?

    Anatomically speaking it is easy to determine the position of function of the wrist - bend your elbow and hold your hand and wrist in front of you with the fingers extended (straight) and wrist in a straight line, close your eyes and then close your hand.... more…

  • Re: Difficulty tuning bouzouki - strings going flat.

    Just a minor query - I would think that the only way to have the strings forming a 90 degree angle with the bridge would be if the nut was the same width and had the same string spacings as the bridge. On my mandolin the spacing from the G string to the E... more…

  • Re: Irish Tunes made more readily accessible

    Having downloaded the Cape Breton tunes supplied by Pat, I think this would be worthwhile. The price is reasonable as most of the books of tunes sell for around this price or more. Plus you get the advantage of having a book of personalised tunes. If you'... more…

  • Re: Collection of Cape Breton Tunes

    And another ditto with thanks. more…