justjim’s one hundred and thirty comments

  • Re: The Flop-Eared Mule

    American dance tune, known here as a hornpipe, and played with that hornpipe bounce. When it’s played too fast, as it commonly is in the U.S., it loses the bounce, but still swings a little. No reason not to play it as a polka, but… more…

  • Re: Dever The Dancer

    Gian Marco’s new setting follows the O’Neil’s setting quite closely, and the B part that doesn’t simply repeat is, in my opinion, superior to those which do. That’s a mighty nice line of melody there. more…

  • Re: Foot tapping

    Dancing loudly with your feet during a session is almost as objectionable as playing spoons or bones, and only slightly better than shakers. One should concentrate on their playing; and no, it’s not only about having fun. more…

  • Re: Bouzouki Tuning

    So what is buzzing? Are the strings hitting the frets, or each other? Action height and string spacing affect these problems, too. more…

  • Re: Advice on how to precede the 8th note in a bar with Triplets (The Kerry Jig)

    Or consider how slurs are used. If you look at how a fiddler plays a jig, they do not usually saw out all the notes. That would be an American old-time-ization. more…

  • Re: My personal manifesto: it’s not how many, and it’s not how fast.

    Bigsciota, you got so much dead on. Well said. No one starts learning a tune until after they have it memorized. more…

  • Re: Roger Tallroths ADADAD tuning for guitar

    Honestly, if you learn your instrument, those tunings are superfluous. With GDAE (mandolin family) you get that “open tuning ring” in six keys. more…

  • Re: The Smoky House

    Rainy Day I believe is a separate although similar tune. more…

  • Re: Is there a name for a mode between A mixolydian and A dorian?

    Richard Cook used the terminology that I have heard when he called it a “neutral” tone. Fiddlers in ITM use it more often, and not only at the third. This causes some of the classically trained to erroneously think the fiddle has poor intonation. more…

  • Re: Session tunes

    As a classically trained musician who converted to ITM about 23 years ago, let me just say that if you call it a violin, and you play pretty well, you’re at least about five years out from actually contributing to whatever session you join. more…