Rando’s twenty-two comments

  • Re: Bouzouki Accompaniment

    I am far from an accomplished bouzouki player, but regarding the original post there are many ways to accompany a tune. General rules for accompaniment for the bouzouki have not been developed and probably won't be. I've taken lessons from players that ... more…

  • Re: Ceol is Cradh - musicians and mental health

    Really interesting. All of the musicians in the documentary were high level, many of who relied on music to make their living. Some of them surprisingly felt that although they were at a very high level they could never be good enough, or at least felt ... more…

  • Re: Seeking bodhran advice from experienced players

    Re: taping drums - my feeling is if you have a good drum there is no need to tape it. On the other hand if it helps the sound of your drum then it is fine, not a thing wrong with it. more…

  • Re: Seeking bodhran advice from experienced players

    Lexol is what I use but not everybody agrees with that. It probably would lower the tone some. Some years back lanolin was suggested and I was able to get some from a pharmacist, but the stuff was sticky as hell and I'm not sure it did much. Anyway ide... more…

  • Re: Bouzouki lessons…?

    I am in Iowa as well (on the eastern edge) and had similar problems finding a teacher. I started out with the Zan McLeod DVD as someone else mentioned above. more…

  • Re: Online Irish Music Academy

    I used the OAIM site for the bouzouki lessons a year or so ago. I was generally happy with them although since you are not actually interacting with a live teacher the approach has inherent limitations. more…

  • Re: Tips for Irish Bouzouki

    I am far from accomplished on the bouzouki, probably low intermediate level, but I'll toss in my 2 cents. I started learning with the Zan McLeod Dvd and one thing he noted was that with a guitar you're trying for a big sound using a lot of strings to form... more…

  • Re: Tips for how to be a good bodrhan player?

    I've been playing bodhran about 15 years (and boy are my arms tired!) and strongly agree with CleverName. You can get by and do an OK job if you don't know the tune, but you can accompany much better if you are familiar with it. And the key word there i... more…

  • Re: Bouzouki chords and progressions in this video

    Jeff thanks for those chords, very helpful at my stage of learning. more…

  • Re: Counter-melody on irish bouzouki

    Fairly lengthy but interesting instruction by Chris Smith on improvising counterpoint: more…