cat’s twenty-seven comments

  • Re: Modes

    Interesting Historical Fact more…

  • Re: Private Lessons

    You're right Michael, tunes learned only from the dots tend to be a bit stilted. It really helps hearing someone play it, especially something with a strong rhythm like a hornpipe or reel. And I often find that once I have the tune in my head I spend ti... more…

  • Music is an aural thing …

    I know an awful lot of musicians, often excellent, who can either play by ear or by eye but not both. They always seemed to me to be missing out on half a world of music. Interestingly enough, the kings of the sight-reading world: Beethoven, Mozart, Bac... more…

  • Re: Private Lessons

    Hi Andee, more…

  • Re: Private Lessons

    Aside from beginner level tunes, how are you planning on teaching your student? By ear? The dots? Some mixture of both? Are you planning on teaching music theory while you're at it? more…

  • Nancy Fowler was the daughter of a friend of mine, Wayne Fowler. I never knew her well, though she struck me as a nice girl. Requiescat in pacem. more…

  • Re: Welsh Traditional Music

    I'm interested, so long as Jeremy doesn't mind. more…

  • Re: Diddley Music !?

    I think, on a little consideration, that I like calling it diddley music. Easy to say, indicative of what it sounds like, has a nice free and easy ring that suits a style that often gets practiced in pubs. Two thumbs up from me. more…

  • Re: Flying with musical instrument(s)

    I'm going on a plane ride in two days and you people are giving me nightmares !!! more…

  • Re: How did you pick your instrument?

    Someone lent me some books of folk-songs. I couldn't read music for s*** so I bought a cheap plastic recorder to help me pick my way through the tunes. Still play recorder but wandered through guitar (didn't like) to mandolin (smaller and more portable,... more…