fidicen’s eight thousand, nine hundred and eighty comments

  • Mr Beveridge’s Maggot

    I play in a band accompanying a country dance class (mostly English, but Irish as well), and the interesting thing is that last week while the dancers were learning their steps the band simultaneously learnt the tune as they watched the dancers, even thou... more…

  • Re: Bakers rosin - invitation to buy. Should I?

    As I pointed out on another forum, make sure that the email really is from Baker's. Contact them directly, and not by links in emails or elsewhere. more…

  • Re: session haiku contest

    I've just noticed that the English translation of my Latin haiku a few years ago was incomplete (typo?). It should have read: more…

  • dog doing Irish step dancing

    Don't know if this has appeared here before, but ... more…

  • Kas A Barh, X:2

    This is a version in which the 4th Part is 8 bars, instead of the 6 x 2 of the original. This would be useful for dances in which the 8-bar pattern is required. more…

  • Re: Kas Ha Barh

    26/4/2017 Today I have submitted another tune for this dance, but sufficiently different to merit a new submission: more…

  • Kas A Barh

    26/4/2017 more…

  • The Bird’s, X:5

    Was taught this today (Mar 25, 2017) at a fiddle workshop. A fine tune that reminds me in some respects of Loch Gamhna (https://thesession.org/tunes/1927) I posted here many years ago. more…

  • Up In The Air, X:2

    This version was taught today (11 Feb 2017) at the regular Saturday tune workshop at the Hibernia Centre in the Avonmouth Community Centre, Bristol. more…

  • Re: The Value of The Slow Practice.

    For me, a fiddler, "slow practice" means going through the music at half-speed or even slower. It's the only way to get clarity in both tuning and coordination between bow and fingers when playing fast with a separate bow stroke for each note. more…