Stiamh’s one thousand, nine hundred and forty-eight comments

  • Re: Songs and Waltzes.

    «I recall that Ceili bands will often accompany waltz dances with a song. » (sixholes) more…

  • Re: Traditional Irish Music

    This exact track is what sealed my fate. Of course it was not on YouTube in about 1976, but on an LP, a Transatlantic sampler of fiddle music. more…

  • Re: Flute - glottal stops only?

    CMO writes: « The important thing is what it sounds like – the rhythm and the flow. Knowing that non-finger articulation can come from the tongue, the throat or the lungs is surely enough – the rest needs to be discovered the way a baby learns to tal... more…

  • Re: Flute - glottal stops only?

    I'm not sure that glottal stop is an unfortunate term, but it may be an incomplete one - only half the story. When you pronounce "uh-oh", the glottal stop is the movement that cuts off the sound of "uh". You need a flow of breath to start the "oh". Same i... more…

  • Re: How limiting is the responsiveness of a B/C box?

    Hohner Ericas and Double-Rays, properly set up, especially older ones, are really responsive and exceedingly easy to play. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that a more expensive instrument will compensate for failings of technique. From your descripti... more…

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

    « And learning/half-learning tunes that you can play along with across a broad repertoire, even if they are not played especially well, is still helping you learn the phrasing, tempo, progression, sequences, modes etc. You couldn’t learn to play 100 tu... more…

  • Re: Jig ID

    Jackson slums it, taking his jig down to F, where they meet the Irish washerwoman, who has also come down in the world two degrees. This is what came after. more…

  • Re: Need help finding a tune

    Hello James and welcome. It's the Abbey Reel. more…

  • Re: How would you like a tune composer search filter?

    It might be a very useful addition. Had Jeremy set up the site in such a way that tune contributors could fill the C: field, it would be easy to implement. Since he didn't... I wouldn't hold my breath. 😉 more…

  • Re: Smart phone/Tunepal aided playing at a session

    Ugh. I take no satisfaction in the fact that back in the 1990s I predicted that eventually people at sessions would start looking up tunes in online databases and trying to join in (although back then I had no idea that cellphone technology would be invol... more…