russellrapport’s thirty-one comments

  • Re: ITM at IDF?

    Maybe not? More likely, someone will see this after it's too late. more…

  • ITM at IDF?

    Any sessioneers here for IDF? There are a few local sessions in the bay area during the week. more…

  • favorite fiddle cheats

    Being inclined to the, ah, more ergonomic approach, I was wondering if fiddlers (or possibly others) have found ways around the more difficult parts of tunes. I have found myself substituting triplets on the same note for more difficult phrases which call... more…

  • Re: Mandolin SONGS anybody know any?

    The only song I know of which works well on mandolin is the Steve Winwood song "Back in the High Life Again". Not exactly traditional, but very few songs work at all on the instrument. more…

  • set search engine

    Is there a "set search engine" anywhere? If you only know a few tunes well, your chances of knowing all 3 tunes of a standard set might be pretty slim, but you may be able to put together a 3 tune set in which the middle tune is commonly played with each ... more…

  • Re: Listen, listen, listen…. Great advice but was that how you learned to play in your earlier days?

    I learned to play fiddle by playing waltzes first, then jigs and polkas, and finally reels. I have to know the name of a tune and have the melody memorized before I can start to learn it on the fiddle. I learned the tunes by buying Walton's "Irelands best... more…

  • Re: gut strings for old violins

    Thanks for all the advice. I will try the Obligatos first, I think. more…

  • gut strings for old violins

    Is there an advantage to using gut strings for very old violins? Were violins built before a certain decade designed for and sold with gut strings? I want a rather quiet sound which will allow me to use more bow. I have used La Bella gut strings on my 100... more…

  • Re: partial bowed triplet

    In Bill Collin's jig, the two A's must be separated, either by a cut or by changing bow direction. This is easy enough. more…

  • partial bowed triplet

    Is there a name for a fast change in bow direction, used when playing two consecutive notes of the same pitch on the fiddle? If my cuts were better, I'd perhaps be tempted to use them rather than change bow direction. Is there a name for this? Is there an... more…