Gallopede’s six hundred and sixty-six comments

  • Re: Dancing and playing simultaneously

    I was astonished many years ago when an East Anglian melodeon player - and not in the first flush of youth - put down a board at the Fylde Festival and step-danced while playing. New players of the melodeon tend to breathe with the movement of the bellows... more…

  • Re: People who get cross with those reading music and not playing by ear

    There are discussions of this going back 16 years. People who have received a music training cannot understand others not wanting to read music. People who have not learnt to read music and have always picked up tunes by ear think the trained ones are sug... more…

  • Re: Shove The Pig’s Foot A Little Closer To The Fire

    Am I imagining it, or is this tune a bit like "The Barren Rocks of Aden" (https://thesession.org/tunes/3640)? more…

  • Re: Tune Reminders/Tune Snippets

    I screen print the music from ABCExplorer and just crop out the first two or three bars in Microsoft Paint. Then I paste my snippets under their titles on a Page in Word, print the page, cut out each title and snippet and stick it on an A7 card and lamina... more…

  • Re: Expensive strings

    Katia12: Our VAT will add 20% to US strings. more…

  • Re: What are your favorite traditional recordings from the 1920s and 1930s?

    This is older than you want and Scottish - but I defy you to listen to it without jigging up and down. It's the measured pace, the control and the danceability which is the message from these old recordings - and I do agree with whoever said that the musi... more…

  • Re: Playing in other keys.

    I hear notes and I play them. I'm a parrot. The note is in my head and it might have been generated there or it might have come from outside. Doesn't matter. That's why I sometimes play along with a tune in a session and get stared at strangely because it... more…

  • Re: Alternate Fiddle tuning?

    People who play habitually along with pipes might have to twitch the instrument up a bit in the direction of the tuning you describe. They tune to the drones on the pipes. Great highland pipes are often in a nominal A but a fair bit sharp and Northumbrian... more…

  • Re: Pitch agnostic tune memory - normal or weird?

    "Kinaesthesia" is a word thrown about on courses where the lecturers often turn out to know little more than you do but have quickly swotted the subject up because they are getting paid. I know this because I did a course into how to swot things up and te... more…

  • Re: Hole In The Hedge

    Thanks to NfldWhistler for the correction to my 13 year old posted ABC. Now I'll have to go back and relearn the tune which I have entirely forgotten. more…