Brendan’s five hundred and twenty-five comments

  • Re: New Flute…but which one?

    Get an unkeyed olwell pratten. It's one of the best flutes you can possible have plus the price is very fair and wait is short. My hunch is that you will not want another flute after that, but by all means keep on trying out other flute hardware and get... more…

  • Re: My 12 twelve steps of tune.

    Clunk999, i applaude your diligent efforts. But the bottom line, clunk999, is that you have to find a teacher. A good one, who can really help you correct errors and re-learn your tunes in a new and fresh and more solid way. If you can't find somebody ... more…

  • Really nice session

    I took a trip up yesterday from DC to this session. Really had an enjoyable evening. Friendly people, great tunes, relaxed atmosphere. What more can you ask for? Many thanks for welcoming me! more…

  • Re: Low D Whistle: Legit or Transitional Instrument?

    well, it works for me, but i do proceed with caution. i am sufficiently advanced that i can usually quickly capture key parts of the tune on the fly and with repetition pick up a few more bits without hideous consequences. If a tune is completely outsid... more…

  • Re: Low D Whistle: Legit or Transitional Instrument?

    One special use for a low whistle has not been mentioned: learning tunes on the fly in a session. It is generally pretty disrespectful to attempt to fumble along and learn a tune at a session. But with a low whistle, it comes in handy because you can p... more…

  • Re: Low D Whistle: Legit or Transitional Instrument?

    i find the low whistle to be very comfortable and easy to play. But it was a struggle for a long time. Then at some point it was like I realized i was driving with the emercency break on, and after releasing it, it became effortless. Your muscles event... more…

  • Re: Flute for Sale

    You should try cross posting at the Chiff and Fipple Flute forum: more…

  • Re: Low D Whistle: Legit or Transitional Instrument?

    Another very important thing to keep in mind, llig, is The Goal, which is the ability to play The Music. And so i think you are 100% on track in simply getting familiar and nimble with rhythm and phrasing. When you finally get an irish flute (and do get... more…

  • Re: Low D Whistle: Legit or Transitional Instrument?

    i have noticed that too, bogman. more…

  • Re: Low D Whistle: Legit or Transitional Instrument?

    Your abilities to play low or high whistle will give you a familiarity with the tunes and the fingerings, which is helpful. But the irish flute requires a whole new and transcendent level of ability, namely of course, with the embouchure, that the whistl... more…