macuaig’s twelve comments

  • Re: Looking for a good carry case/bag for whistles

    Folkcraft. Made to attach to their dulcimer case, but is a standalone bag. Holds many whistles, accessory compartment, handles or shoulder strap, etc. Holds a Howard Low D fully assembled. No Velcro to scratch your whistles. https://www.folkcraft.com/col... more…

  • Re: Instrument noises in Trad Music

    For me a sad commentary, that defects are desired to assure an audience of “authenticity”. There’s certainly such a thing as overproduced and overtreated, but musicians themselves work to reduce or eliminate these distractions, don’t they? The hum... more…

  • Re: What’s That Key?

    Very interesting book, “Celtic Backup”. Extremely technical, very rich. more…

  • Re: What’s That Key?

    Wow, don’t make me use emojis, I will turn this car around right now! (No, I’m not blasting bad music into sessions, but I can understand how etiquette problems become a sore point.) more…

  • What’s That Key?

    Let’s say you’re in a session and have a handful of whistles at hand. You can remember or be told what key a tune is in (mostly D), but how would I figure it out for myself after the tune has started? I know jazz players develop this skill, and I know... more…

  • Re: Does a whistle get overblown?

    I’d have to add that the term “overblown” is no more helpful than saying you have to “underblow” to play the first octave. It’s semantics, but subjective and ultimately says more than is intended. But don’t let that get in the way of a good ... more…

  • Re: Dance Music w/o Dancing

    Thanks for the interesting comments. Tempo increasing beyond what people would dance to seems clear. Tunes starting as songs or aires and floating into dance tunes, and vice versa. The recording industry turning it all into a spectator sport, but also mak... more…

  • Dance Music w/o Dancing

    I’m a new whistle player, appreciating ITM for its emphasis on ear training (I’ve always played other instruments with sheet music), natural ornamentation, and because I have friends in the local trad community. more…

  • Re: Vaccine Passports for Session Pubs…

    Agreed, Trish. I’ve skipped two music venues this month and will likely skip two more next month, tickets all bought months or even a year ago. (No refunds, so if the band shows up, they collect.) Now it’s less biology and more sociology that’s the... more…

  • Re: Vaccine Passports for Session Pubs…

    But Michael, your explanation of all the things that are supposed to be in a QR code aren’t actually my point. Here, point your phone at this squiggly line, go ahead, it’s fiiiine. more…