Pirate-Fiddler’s ninety-three comments

  • Re: Friend bought a bouzouki What now?

    Well it turns out that my friend's zouk is really a SAZ a Middle Eastern intrument that resembles a zouk. I passed on an article on the SAZ that was in the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Intruments on to her on the SAZ. Thanks for all you help. more…

  • Re: Cleaning fiddle strings

    I wipe down my string bow and belly of my fiddle each time I am finished playing. Still rosin will biuld up the string and they get tacky and the sound dulls. So I take a peice of cardborad and slide it under the strings. Then I soak a sawb of rubbing (is... more…

  • Friend bought a bouzouki What now?

    A friend just bought a bouzouki and she is having it refurbished. She would like information on how to play it. DVDs, websites books etc. Can anyone give me ideas to give her? more…

  • Re: left or right

    I say left. Our guitarist has an unfotunate tendancy to hit people next to him with the headstock of his guitar. The man is dangerous! more…

  • Re: Everything you ever needed to know about music.

    Think this is where J.J Abrams got the idea for the Dharma Initiative instructional films in "Lost". more…

  • Re: "Had that Stradivarius in the back of the cab the other day…"

    Thank goodness for honest people! Yes $100.00 reward for a $4 mil violin seems light BUT, he also getss 2 tickets to a Carnigie Hall concert. Depending on the seats that could mean an extra couple of hundred dollars. Perhaps the philanthropist who loaned ... more…

  • Re: glasgow / tam lin

    Here's what The Fiddler's Companion has to say:: more…

  • Re: Drowsy Maggie on BBC1s’ Jane Austen drama…

    Is that where Roger Daltry got "Mamma's got a squeeze box Daddy never sleeps at night from?" 😉 more…

  • Re: Drowsy Maggie on BBC1s’ Jane Austen drama…

    Sorry kuec I will choose a reliable scholarly dictionary like the New Grove Dictionary over Wikipedia any day. While the German concertina is mentioned in the New Grove Dictionary, (1834) the English one came first. Now here's something interesting the c... more…

  • Re: Drowsy Maggie on BBC1s’ Jane Austen drama…

    "The invertor of the English concertina was the scientist Chareles Wheatstone (1802-1875) who in 1825 constructed a mouth organ with free reeds governed by a small button keyborad... Further experiments led to bellows blown concertina patened in 1844. " more…