pearse’s fifty-six comments

  • Re: Charlie Lennon dvd

    I forgot to add that all of my last comment is premised upon the fact that there isn't an Irish fiddle teacher to be found in my area. An acutal teacher, or just someone who knows how to play would be my preference. more…

  • Re: Charlie Lennon dvd

    I bought that DVD some time ago. I did not find it particularly helpful for a novice player. It definitely does not provide the depth of instruction that you find on Kevin Burke's CDs, but I don't consider it a waste of money. I do prefer Paul McNevin's b... more…

  • Re: Fiddle Player? Buy a learn tin whistle CD

    I went and read the link llig (Michael?) put in this thread, and I agree with him 100%. Since I have played guitar for 40+ years, I have spent a lot of time playing in bands for audiences, especially in bars. You just can't beat playing live with other m... more…

  • Fiddle Player? Buy a learn tin whistle CD

    Given all the posts on this site, it may very well be that someone already mentioned this, but here goes. I mentioned in a prior post that I record my fiddle practices to check for problem areas and progress. I recently decided to try the whistle. So, I j... more…

  • Re: Fiddle Teaching and Learning- Carrot and Stick approach?

    I really liked Cheshire's response. I think it gets right to the heart of the matter. I took lessons for about a year with a classical violin teacher. She was an excellent violinist, pure, expressive tone and she made it look so easy. Meanwhile, I was hac... more…

  • Re: Guitar accompaniment to Irish songs

    Go to Sheet Music Plus on the web, and search Irish music. They have a number of books that are listed as Irish finger picking lessons that also contain a CD. more…

  • Re: How many old musicians are here?

    Fifty-three years young. more…

  • Re: Vibrato

    No matter how much I tried to remember not to collapse my wrist, I found the neck resting in the palm of my hand. I think that is from playing guitar for 40 years. I finally came up with a solution that is working for me. I spent 4 dollars on a wrist bra... more…

  • Re: Bass

    There is a book/CD by Chris Smith called Celtic Back-Up for all instrumentalists that may give you some ideas. Much of the suggested guitar work seems to lend itself to the bass, since there are a lot of drone+bass lines in the book. There are also exam... more…

  • Re: Help with Backing, chord missing

    Without any sarcasm, and as a guitarist/mandolin player trying to learn fiddle, I would try A. You've got Em, D, G so there has to be an A in there somewhere. more…