Mark M ’s three thousand, two hundred and twenty-five comments

  • Re: Who decides?

    The fixed temperament instruments play the notes they've got. The microtonal instruments like fiddle and flute play what sounds right, which very often isn't even the same every time they play the same note within a piece, it depends on what else is happe... more…

  • Re: When is a Bflat not a B flat?

    For fiddlers, A# and Bb aren't the same, even in equal temperament. which note is written dictates which finger you use to play it. A# means you push the A finger up, Bb means you pull the B finger down (intonation differences do usually creep in, but tha... more…

  • Re: Advanced fiddle tuition at summer schools

    I can't really see how that would work. With a class full of people you can teach a tune and teach a bit of technique, usually some ornaments that could be used in that tune. Or you could do it like a classical master class - take one or two students and ... more…

  • Re: cello tuning in trad music

    ven if you change the tuning you are not going to be able to throw your hand about fast enough to play melody on a cello - it's the same issue people have when they try to play melody on long scale bouzoukis, only worse. Keep the tuning as it is and just ... more…

  • Re: (music theory question) lydian, diatonic yay or nay?

    Those are all exactly the same sequence of intervals, just starting from different positions. They define the mode but not the pitch (i.e. which diatonic scale they are applied to). A simple definition of a diatonic scale is 'all the white notes on a pia... more…

  • Re: (music theory question) lydian, diatonic yay or nay?

    As you say, there certainly is no bias towards the ionian, and they are not named after the ionian tonic. That is the very point I made several posts ago when you were claiming they were named after the major key they contain. more…

  • Re: Learning technique pipes

    "So my question is, How important is it that session players work from the same score?" more…

  • Re: (music theory question) lydian, diatonic yay or nay?

    My take on Rakish Paddy is that it modulates between C lydian and D ionian (or possibly mix). One surefire way to find the tonal centre is to put a drone under the melody. In this case there isn't one note that fits the whole tune, you need a C under the... more…

  • Re: WTF

    I'm not convinced it is about good and bad players or snobbery. I think it is just what can happen if a group of musicians who regularly play together suddenly turn up at someone else's session en-mass. I've seen something similar happen when a beginners ... more…

  • Re: (music theory question) lydian, diatonic yay or nay?

    No, I'm naming it for the root that the scale is built upon. The D diatonic scale is two tetrachords with a whole tone between, starting from D (which is why it is called the D diatonic scale). Starting from the twelve tone chromatic scale, which encompas... more…