jomac’s seventy comments

  • Re: ABC format

    ABC format is great. I do a lot of transcription and with a little work I got to the point where I can transcribe and sightread in abc almost as well as I could in standard notation. The difference is that using ABC, I can use any piece of paper - I don... more…

  • Re: Gripes

    A lot of times what you're paying for in expensive instruments is consistency, quality control. Cheaper instruments are often made in a factory where much less attention is paid to the details. But! Sometimes things go just perfectly and they (the chea... more…

  • Re: Field Guide To The Irish Music Session

    See, I went to my first session with my heart in my throat because of all this reading I did on session etiquette. It just made it seem like a really touchy situation. So the session I went to (and still go to) was advertized as an open-to-all session. ... more…

  • Re: Field Guide To The Irish Music Session

    I need to read this. But I have already read a lot on the web about session etiquette. I can't help but get the mental picture of birdwatchers stalking the elusive yellow-bellied sapsucker: "Ok, if you're really quiet and don't disturb them, maybe you'... more…

  • Re: Feis Music

    Brad: I really did mean 240 BPM. I think of that as the "standard" reel tempo. That's not the speed at which the foot is tapping - that would be 120, sure enough; 240 is the quarter note speed (assuming the tune is in standard notation). more…

  • Re: Trad axe

    I would have liked to see how the guitarist does the rolls. I play Chapman Stick, a kind of electric-guitarish instrument where the typical way to play it is tapping. I've played around with some arrangements of IrTrad tunes, but I cannot figure out how... more…

  • Re: Feis Music

    Brad: Regarding the "Sessions are for musicians ..." Obviously; but what I'm ... complaining about, I guess, is that at a feis a reel is typically played at about quarter = 240; a very reasonable tempo, to my mind, fairly quick, but not blazing. And no ... more…

  • Re: Feis Music

    Hmm, the feissanna I see with my daughter usually use accordian players, and they're ok. Nuthin fancy, but they play the tune, at the appropriate speed. And now that I'm going to sessions, I recognize most of the tunes the feissana accordianists are pl... more…

  • Re: Slip Jigs in sets

    My daughter uses a CD for dance practice which puts 3 slip jigs into a set for the slip jig sequence; "The Whilly Hills of Leitrim", "The Kid on the Mountain", and a third one I haven't been able to find the name of. (Posted it here as a "Gan Ainm" in A ... more…

  • It’s garbage

    Brad: The link to http://www.riverdanceispuredoo~doo.com didn't work for me. ;) more…