Stephen Pierrot’s fifty-four comments

  • Re: Classical-style Irish Tune

    Please note that when I said "on this forum" I wasn't referring to just this particular conversation, but to the Discussions forum over time. more…

  • Re: Classical-style Irish Tune

    There are a number of anecdotes re Carolan and Geminiani where Geminiani exclaims about Carolan's musical virtuosity, declares that Carolan is the best musician he's ever played with. Geminiani lived in Dublin for a time, and it's likely that Carolan vis... more…

  • Re: "I do not know the titles to their songs as all of their songs 🙂 are instrumentals."

    To paraphrase Groucho Marx (I think): I can tune my mandolin, but I can't tune a fish. You may have to say it out loud. more…

  • Re: Bouzouki, OM, or Mandola?

    Yeah, fat fingertips and not proof-reading my own work... 16th century, I meant to say. The cittern was originally a renaissance instrument, the first European instrument with steel strings! Fat fingertips is why I have a wider but than normal nut on mine... more…

  • Re: Bouzouki, OM, or Mandola?

    I just checked Nyberg's site, he doesn't have the small cittern on it. It's not the short scale, he calls it the "mini cittern", although I'd say it's closer in size to the 26th century originals. You may find it on Facebook, I don't have Facebook. more…

  • Re: Bouzouki, OM, or Mandola?

    I used to have an OM and a mandola - sold them both. I now have two citterns made by Lawrence Nyberg (Google Nyberg Instruments). The larger one, called a "mid-scale" (MS) by Lawrence, is tuned CGDAE, basically a combo mandocello/OM. The smaller has a man... more…

  • Re: Trying hard to make it look easy?

    "it's just their personality" said conical bore, that's usually the case. Sometimes it's not sincere, but for most who are good, the amount they move with the music is unconscious. As for "the playing and step dancing is just for the urban rubes", my good... more…

  • Re: Jack Lintel’s

    The time signature says 3/2 but it's in 3/4. There are 3 quarter notes to the bar. Nice tune, though, think I'll learn it. more…

  • Re: Fiddle tuning weirdness

    Re perfect/absolute pitch: if I've not been playing for a few days, I can be out by up to three semitones in identifying a note, almost always flat. If I've been practicing every day, I'm usually within a semitone. I guess I have near perfect pitch. My ol... more…

  • Re: What’s the most difficult thing you have had to do to improve your playing?

    Many years ago, when women wore granny dresses and went barefoot and men wore bell bottom trousers and high heeled boots, I saw Stephan Grappelli and David Grisman when they were on tour together. The band laughed after every tune, like they were sharing ... more…