ketida’s one hundred and fifty-six comments

  • Re: Cross-training on different instruments

    P.S. Sorry, I just re-read your OP, and to answer your questions in your last paragraph.... "I’m wondering about more general things like speed, phrasing, timing, definition, dexterity, relaxation, etc" more…

  • Re: Cross-training on different instruments

    I'm not sure if I agree or disagree with Hup, lol. I find that some tunes sound better (at least to my ear) on dis-similar instruments. Some tunes I find easier/more suitable on mandolin, others fit better on octave mandolin, and for many, nothing but whi... more…

  • Re: Chords for Star of the County Down

    Star of the County Down is copyrighted? more…

  • Re: Zoom H4 - Yet another device for recording music - opinion please

    I just got the Zoom H4 last week. I'm not a techie-type but I did like the features on the Zoom (the 4-track recording option mostly) better than the Edirol and the M-Audio that I also considered. more…

  • Re: Psychic connection and tunes

    Me too! And we're both from Maryland!! more…

  • Re: What’s with Dervish tuning?

    I love Peata Beag too...it's actually two tunes. The song part is a traditional mother/child kind of song, referred to as a "dandling" (think of bouncing a baby on your knee while singing). Peata Beag translates to "Little Pet", I believe. The tune is Cop... more…

  • Re: Swallowing saliva

    Once I learned to breathe more often (not less often, and not deeply) and finding the right places to take a very, very short breath, my whistle playing improved considerably. Interestingly enough, the same type of "breathing before you feel like you nee... more…

  • Re: About High D whistles

    I love my Tony Dixon whistles, both the high and low D's. I have gone through a few other cheap high D's without being too impressed, including Generations (several) and Susato. On a whim, I picked up a Sweetone, sorta like buying a lottery ticket...and ... more…

  • Re: String tension on Octave Mandolin

    Oh, and back to the OP, could you offer more info on the cheap octave mando you bought? I've been looking at a VERY cheap ($100) one at Lark of the Morning, here's the link.... more…

  • Re: String tension on Octave Mandolin

    Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, but what measurement is the "scale length"? more…