unique’s fifty comments

  • Re: The Dixon "Duo" low-d whistle/flute

    Sifudave... yes the low D combo is tuneable. The mouthpieces are interchangeable and slide in and out. more…

  • Re: dropping notes on flute

    I know that finger vibrato is more traditional than breath vibrato, but I find that finger vibrato, because it is flattening the held note, tends to make you sound flat in relation to the other instruments. more…

  • Re: The Dixon "Duo" low-d whistle/flute

    I own both the low D duo and the high D duo. My high D whistle is dearly beloved, but I never play it as a "fife" with the flute mouthpiece, because it fits so tightly that I can hardly remove it once inserted. more…

  • Re: Sessions necessary??

    Lizzie, I was at a pub session in Ennystimon (County Clare) last summer that was populated by family members of all ages, down to toddlers coloring with crayons on the floor. more…

  • Re: Ceili Bandits

    I caught the Ceili Bandits performing in Doolin a number of times last summer, and bought their CD at the Magnetic Music store there. Yvonne Casey has a wonderful touch on the fiddle. Eoin O'Neill was working at Custy's Music store in Ennis and invited me... more…

  • Re: Room acoustics

    I love hard plastered and tile structures, like you find in Mexico, and last summer in our flat on Corsica. The echo allows, on my flute anyway, for notes to appear to be held longer than you are actually blowing, which can be a big advantage. It's that 3... more…

  • Re: Is it rude to play the recorder?

    Shrog, I used to be a recorder player, and when I first started playing the IT repertoire I got a lot of comments to the effect "wow, I didn't know you could do that on a recorder!" Now I play whistle and wooden flute almost exclusively, because I want to... more…

  • Re: A question for whistlers

    That is to say "my old broken clarinet"... more…

  • Re: A question for whistlers

    I find that I can play a passable cross fingered G# in both octaves on my high D Tony Dixon whistle, but I can't hold the high one very long... it's best done in passing, quickly. Too many in a row tends to overload the G# synapse in the penultimate crux ... more…

  • Re: Calling all you lovely flutes. (and trad flute players)

    Musicmad, more…