daiv’s one thousand and sixty-five comments

  • Re: Music doesn’t sound as good anymore!!! Is it my hearing or what?

    How does music sound with the same headphones from another source, such as your computer? It sounds like an equipment issue to me, either the Walkman or the headphones. It could also be the compression on the files you're using, as well. more…

  • Re: What can I use to ram up the tin whistle in order to soak up the spit?

    Shake it out when your done, preferably in the direction of the bodhrán player. If you're concerned, take apart your whistle apart once a month, rinse it out with water, and leave the whistle upright in a glass to dry out. more…

  • Re: Changing Attitudes To Irish Traditional Music

    "Leitrim Lad," that's unfortunate that you have run into these problems. Perhaps it's time to find some friends and make your own session? I have had mostly positive experiences in Ireland and the United States, but I have seen some people act inappropria... more…

  • Re: Is it normal to have trouble learning by ear?

    Kellie, do you have software like the Amazing Slow Downer? Many musicians use software to help them loop and slow down music to make learning by ear easier. more…

  • Re: Being able to play alone but not with others

    Playing with others can be very different than playing by yourself. The solution is to play with others more often! Harder said than done, I know. more…

  • Re: How much variation is needed to qualify as a new setting?

    I agree with Richard. Worry about learning settings made by other people. Take a tune you like and learn how three or four good musicians play it by listening to their albums or watching the videos on Facebook. Take what you like and mix it up. more…

  • Re: Kilnamona

    This recording of the West Wind from April 1st, 2016, corroborates blarneystar's source of The Kilnamona Barndance as Gerdie Commane via John Williams. The story starts around 0:56 about how John met Gerdie and the occasion he learned the tune from him. J... more…

  • Re: Is the skill of learning a tune by ear a must?

    Also, as per whether it is necessary, here is some advice from Jean-Pierre Rampal, who was a classical musician: more…

  • Re: Is the skill of learning a tune by ear a must?

    A have a friend who is 70 years old who just recently learned how to learn by ear. I taught him how to do it after he was 65 years old. He had a high pressure job before and never took the time to train his ear. He says it was the best thing he ever did a... more…

  • Re: Listening to one’s self

    In my experience, I always sound worse than I expected immediately afterwards. Usually, a few months later I'm more forgiving. The same problems are there, yes, but I can hear past them. However, there are a few recordings of me, especially with other pe... more…