Mackeagan’s one hundred and twenty-eight comments

  • Re: Fiddle /bow /bridge /mirror practice : has there been a thread on this along the way?

    I'm currently exploring this stuff. My teachers (classically trained) trying to get me to push the bow hand away from me on the down-bow and pulling up towards me neck on the up-bow. Really throws my concentration. Initially I thought of the area betw... more…

  • Re: Sad I Am

    I think it's a Scottish reel, turned nicely into a slow air. I too, think I may have heard it on a Alisdair Fraser vinyl. It reminds me a bit of "As a thoisich", but I don't think it's that one. Give me an hour or so and maybe I'll think of it. more…

  • Re: German flute

    You might ask Jem Hammond (aka, Jem the Fluter) if he knows of this maker. He's on some of the flute forums on FaceBook. more…

  • Re: German flute

    My limited experience: I bought a Nach Meyer HP 8-keys for $15 at a flea market, 40 years ago. Struggled with it for years. Even my teacher, an experienced fluter in keyless and keyed flutes, had trouble getting a tone out of it. In 2020, I traded it... more…

  • Re: Unmetrical

    Nach raibh sin sgonneill, a' Mhicheal! And you are quite right. I am certainly guilty of learning the dots before checking out the sung versions of the songs. My Gaelic (both Scottish and Irish) is of a very basic level, but when I do apply myself I fi... more…

  • Re: Unmetrical

    I'm going to show off my ignorance here by saying the ones I consider real deep trad seem to be played so slowly and generally with rubato that it becomes difficult to feel the meter/rhythm. The ones I've seen written out appear to reflect this. For ex... more…

  • Re: Dupuytren’s Disease/Contracture

    A friend who plays box and whistle has it, and he said he got the injections, which worked, but they're crazy expensive. more…

  • Re: Peacock’s Feather

    A darrlin' set of hornpipes! I forget where I got the charts for them, but possibly the vinyl record had liner notes with transcriptions of some of the tunes. Ah, yes! Tunes written out are the 2 Peacock's Feathers, Charles O'Connor, The Concert Reel ... more…

  • Re: Organization of tunes on a "cheat sheet"?

    Ach, fleadh cheoil, y'all are way more organized than I am. I made a Word doc, and list tunes in the sets I play them in, and group them by jig, hornpipe, reel sets. So, for example, under "Reels", there I might have Tarbolton Lodge/Longford Collector/... more…

  • Re: ‘Hackneyed’ tunes as a concept

    I' ve been playing some of the beginner tunes at slow speeds to accommodate the newbs at our local sessions. We need more people to replace the ones who went off to grad school, or got married and have childrens, or whichever, so I want the newbs to fee... more…