brotherhug’s forty comments

  • Re: Going gentle into a session; with a slight twist.

    If you've not been starting sets, don't start with obscure sets, but don't start with overplayed sets such as ones with Morrison's or The Kesh. Start with sets that you know well that you know are played. more…

  • Re: Sessions from heaven and hell, a thought

    Thank for your post Darth Piper. You state "if we want to foster the latter then we have to check our egos at the door and be a willing participant in a group dynamic that is bigger than ourselves." more…

  • Re: Amazing spoons player

    We have had a nationally famous spoon player in Asheville who plays with a old-time & mountain music band who was great on them. We've only had one spoons player join us in the past six years at session who thankfully didn't play too much and was outside ... more…

  • Re: The Session from Hell

    When reading all the variations of sessions from hell I realized I'd experience most of them at some time or other, but a few of these stand out. This Session from Hell happened when our regular leader was absent and I was left to take charge. more…

  • Re: Best way to master rolls

    One trick I learned early when trying to master rolls was to have a few tunes, e.g. Morrison's Jig & Kid on the Mountain, that have a variety of rolls and use those tunes to warm up and practice the rolls. Also, going up and down the scales rolling each n... more…

  • Re: Olwell Flutes: Omage

    My keyless, Pratten-style Olwell flute is awesome. For over 30 years I have loved that flute and it's sound has gotten better with its age. more…

  • Re: Reaching plateau of difficulty learning new tunes

    Being in a band is great for honing a small number of tunes, but it also limits your playing of new tunes since set lists for gigs are more limited and you never get someone adding a new tune to a set on the fly. more…

  • Re: Things to consider for a session?

    Anchor... I like the idea of session anchors. Our long-term session leader died in February and I was tapped to replace him. He was a retired elementary school music teacher and was an excellent session leader, but he tended to lead too many sets some tim... more…

  • Re: Things to consider for a session?

    Conical bore... There is one big plus side of hosting a house session. You don't have to go anywhere. more…

  • Re: Jack Of The Wood Pub

    There are still two sessions at Jack of the Wood on Sundays, neither of which are suitable for beginners. more…