ottoschmelk’s forty-one comments

  • Re: Is anyone not playing?

    We had just started playing through the St. Patrick's season, lots of gigs planned, My embouchure was tight. Just before St Patrick' s day a few gigs and sessions I was really looking forward to... well you know the rest. I have barely played a note since... more…

  • Re: Help choosing a flute

    I too bought a flute from The Irish Flute store and had a great experience. I purchased my go-to Windward, he accepted a trade for a less expensive instrument. more…

  • Five Points Public House And Event Center

    Hello! This popular session has today moved down the road from The Nail Creek Pub (thank you Nail Creek!) to the lovely Five Points Public House And Event Center, 623 Columbia Street, Utica New York. It's a perfect session spot with great food and drink; ... more…

  • Re: The Nail Creek Pub

    Alas it's true. All good things come to an end. After more than ten years this session is moving down the road (literally) to the Five Points Pub, 623 Columbia St, Utica, NY 13502 - part of the new Irish Cultural Center in Utica. Very exciting! The new bu... more…

  • Re: Bamboo Irish flute?

    I agree with Ailin, my first flute was bamboo, not too good with a gruesome right hand stretch. I didn't play it much before getting a more playable instrument. I have other nice bamboos now, but I wouldn't reccomend one for a beginner to Irish music. I'... more…

  • Re: sessions in New York’s Mid Hudson Valley

    There's a session in Woodstock on Mondays... more…

  • Re: Would you buy this flute?

    I bought a decent 19th c. German blackwood as my first wooden flute, although it played in tune it was very quiet and did not "bark" at all on the low D. I could not get the low C/C# to sound in any reasonable way. I bided my time and purchased a Windwar... more…

  • Re: Young men with beards

    I work outdoors and wear a beard in winter (very cold winters here). It really does help. I shave it into different looks come spring; sometimes a rad Fu Manchu with lamb chops, or whatever. Trim it back slowly like melting snow. more…

  • Re: A Simple Debate: Fiddle or Violin

    A violin sings, a fiddle dances. more…

  • Re: How is the ‘glottal stop’ ornament/articulation produced?

    For me it's a combination K sound and 'lip whistling stop' described above. Sometimes one or the other. I attended a workshop with Fintan Vallely who described it as a K sound. more…