winterowl’s twenty-one comments

  • Re: Duplicating an artist

    Who continues to play it the same way every time? I get the impression that some think that having learned a tune that way, that's the way that one plays it from then on... which seems an odd assumption to make. Or that learning one tune this way means th... more…

  • Re: Duplicating an artist

    There are several tunes that I think I started playing very, very similar to a version I studied (Paddy Glackin's Gooseberry Bush comes to mind). To me it's part of my learning the instrument. I don't want to continue doing that, and I find sometimes that... more…

  • Re: Guitar accompaniment to Irish songs

    I've heard a tape of the Flying Cloud playing around here in the late 70s. It's absolutely astonishing. more…

  • Re: What are your current 5 favourite Irish CDs?

    Paul O'Shaughnessy - Stay Another While more…

  • Re: The Wild Irishman

    "Within a Mile of Dublin" has two separate versions of this tune under the same name. They're quite different, but I've had the first one in my head all week. more…

  • out of print records

    Forgive me if this has been asked recently (if so, I must have missed it), but what options are available in the case of recordings that have passed out of the world? If a book is out of print and entirely unavailable, I can go to a site like abebooks.com... more…

  • Re: Learning fiddle

    I have no idea what changed, but I found a much lighter grip on the bow, and yet I'm not at all quiet unless I want to be. My playing is much more free, much *easier* with a lighter touch. Think that Far Side cartoon of the Boneless Chicken Ranch, and tha... more…

  • Re: The best ITM concert you didn’t get to go to?

    I had front row tickets to Altan recently, and I was so so so looking forward to it since I hadn't seen them in years. more…

  • Re: Learning fiddle

    I think that a certain amount of learning some bowing patterns helped me get over that fear of "what am I supposed to do"... there came a point when it seemed to click and make sense, and I was able to be more free and vary what I'm doing from day to day,... more…

  • Re: The music or the instrument

    I played Irish music for several years on mandolin, and I've definitely stuck with the music while switching. Now I'm on an Eastman 200 (not an expensive violin)... but I'm getting into the fiddle like I never gotten into playing music before. more…