meself’s nine hundred and seventy-two comments

  • Re: When did you first realise you were playing too fast?

    Was I playing too fast? Oh, dear - sorry! more…

  • Re: What would the word "rare" mean in this context?

    Yes, but with the added implication that her 'rarity' is due to her extreme beauty (and/or other feminine charms). The adjective 'rare', it should be noted, seems to have been (and still is?) popularly used in Ireland & Scotland, in particular, in praise... more…

  • Re: What Motivates You to learn a new tune?

    I pretty much only make a point of learning a tune when I'm compelled to - in other words, when I'm so moved by the tune that I have an urge to learn it that I can't resist. If I just 'like' a tune, I usually don't bother, because I have too many tunes a... more…

  • Re: Curious about Cs

    This relates to a larger issue of pitch in fiddling, in particular, as it allows more variation than most instruments. There are those who insist that anything that strays from standard pitch is simply poor technique - or perversely-misguided technique -... more…

  • Re: How did “Somebody’s Favourite” tunes get named?

    Don't neglect the role of the editors of tune collections. It's possible, for instance, that "Miss Jamieson's Favourite" was originally simply, "Miss Jamieson's", or just "Miss Jamieson" - named in her honour, presumably - but an editor decided that addi... more…

  • Re: Slid or "slided"?

    'how would you form the perfect tense? "I have dove", "I have dived" or "I have diven"?' Hmmm ... now that's a head-scratcher. Truth is, I'm not sure I've ever in my life had occasion to use "dive" in the perfect tense - past, present, or future. I thi... more…

  • Re: Slid or "slided"?

    'But the one that really surprised me for a strange past tense was a diver saying “I DOVE in xyz ocean”.' more…

  • Re: Slid or "slided"?

    'Its proper use would be to designate you as a person of particular rank or having a particular role. "He was a personage of importance in the ITM community."' Which was the implication I intended - but my only claim is to have occasionally gotten one-up... more…

  • Re: Slid or "slided"?

    Lots of preening here, though ... ! more…

  • Re: Slid or "slided"?

    Well ... the only time I ever get one-up on someone is in matters of English grammar, so ... as you can imagine, that makes me a very popular and admired personage .... more…