Rick May’s two thousand, one hundred and twenty-seven comments

  • Re: in defense of midi files

    From the OP: Huh. As I dimly recall, this conversation starter was originally intended to be a bit like Swift's "A Modest Proposal"--you know, just playing Devil's Advocate. Not a serious "defense." But with a touch of, "Let's be nice to the newcomers, wh... more…

  • Re: FIDDLE - Bowing trip-ups, need some direction and questions answered

    Somebody (okay, it was me) once complained to Kevin Burke that a fiddle bow is miserable tool to make rhythm with--compared to, say, a plectrum or drumstick. He looked a bit puzzled, and said, "The rhythm is in the notes." more…

  • Re: Do you have any recordings of your local sessions I could listen to?

    Are you familiar with the Foinn Sessions? more…

  • Re: Tinderbox Coffee House

    Session cancelled. It was fun, a couple of times--but too just far off the beaten path, apparently. more…

  • Re: The Slippery Pig Brewery

    Ah well. Nice hosts, we enjoyed our tenure there, but we (the three remaining regulars) have decided to "go private" and convert to a house session. more…

  • Re: Tinderbox Coffee House

    Yes!!! It's Alive!!!! May 13 is confirmed. Nice scenic place--zoom out the satellite map, you'll see--well worth a road trip. Hardwood flooring for dancers, too.... more…

  • Re: 5-string violin

    I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it--bad case of Instrument Acquisition Syndrome, for a lot of years--but I have owned several 5-string fiddles: Barcus-Berry (blue), Barcus-Berry (natural), Zeta (electric solid-body, with midi controller), Jensen (another e... more…

  • Re: too many of the same kind ?

    I once was at a session of about 12 players--all fiddlers, as it happened. Not intentional. The session leader looked a bit exasperated, as I recall. But it seems to me that we played tunes and had fun anyway. more…

  • Re: Donncha O Briain: The Girl that Broke My Heart

    Huh. Great minds. This is what I have been using to learn the tune: more…

  • Re: Singers, spouses, and other non-players

    "I can’t recall, offhand, ever seeing a non-musician sit in the circle with the players." Unfortunately, I can. This clueless person sat in the middle of the circle chatting with one of the players, and tried to continue the chat--repeatedly--during tun... more…