Dan the Man’s three hundred and eleven comments

  • Re: That Irish Fiddle Sound

    I'd also say "experimentation". You've asked us "how do they?" but they likely didn't - they tried out different bow holds, different levels of pressure, different angles of attack, different patterns and forms, different amounts of rosin, etc. Give it al... more…

  • Re: Would you like some accompaniment?

    Accompanists throw me off. I end up listening to the accompaniment as though it were a second melody player (which is what I'm accustomed to and comfortable with), and then I got tossed off my own tune and I start trying to follow the accompaniment instea... more…

  • Re: The 10,000 hour rule of expertise…

    You mean tunes? more…

  • Re: Clan March?

    It's a tune that a clan used to march to >_> more…

  • Re: Best flute - fiddle albums of 2008 - comments anyone?

    I will wholly support Fidil as the best album of the year (I honestly think it's some of the best duo work since Kitty Lie Over), but...wasn't this supposed to be flute/fiddle albums, or did I misread? more…

  • Re: Identify two jigs

    Julia Clifford plays that second one. She calls it...uh, Jig Gan Ainm : ( more…

  • Re: Helicore disaster…

    Some people have trouble with Helicores, but I never have. My current set has been on since August and I've been everywhere from B-flat to D with stops at AEAE and GDGD. Not one string has broken or lost tonal quality or playability. Do you use heavy tens... more…

  • Re: Good tuner and strings?

    I use Helicores and a Prim E-string, all heavy tension. One day my fiddle will probably explode, but until then, it'll sound awesome. more…

  • Re: help for the fiddle

    It's odd, but almost nobody I know has done the "cheap then upgrade" route. If you know you'll be with it for a while, buy something nice, and you'll find that as you get better, your instrument will sort of grow into you and you into it - I got a $1200 f... more…

  • Re: Getting Discouraged

    Simply put - a lot of musicians have instruments in different keys, for different tonal effects. Even fiddlers might have one fiddle in Eb and one in D, rather than changing pitch all the time. While there are a multitude of reasons for this, the most eff... more…