Layers’s fifty-nine comments

  • Re: Gypsy Jazz Guitars for Trad

    I built a copy of a Selmer oval-hole and it's the main guitar I play. It has a dry but cutting sound and it can be heard while playing melody in a small-ish session, but no lead guitar can rise above the musical morass in a large session with numerous bo... more…

  • Thanks!

    I learned this tune from a John Carty Cd, but found that once I learned it, Cherish The Ladies, another similar old jig, was hard to play. It seemed that I could only know one or the other. One musical ambition I have is to be able to play either one at... more…

  • Re: Improvisation in trad

    Just listen to John Carty's fiddle and tenor banjo recordings if you want to hear some brilliant improvisations which don't violate the basic integrity of the tune. more…

  • Re: Baroque Music and Fiddling

    Like Screetch, I'm very fond of baroque music (Tartini and Bach in particular) and have had my fill of the emotional excesses of much Romantic-era music. more…

  • Re: What is it to you anyway?!

    I play the fiddle in an eclectic ITM/American old-time session on the banks of the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri. I've been playing these tunes for decades, while many of our players are beginners who rely upon chord-charts and sheet music. I ... more…

  • Re: you either have it or you dont!

    I didn't start to learn the fiddle until I was 27 years old. For the following 20 years I didn't have the opportunity to play much with other musicians, living as I did in a remote rural community where acoustic music had pretty much died out. more…

  • Re: Good banjo albums?

    I'll second triplet's recommendation of John Carty's The Cat That Ate The Candle. Carty is a master of the subtle variation, both in melody and tone, while still remaining within the tradition. more…

  • Re: Learning by ear

    I can pick up a tune at a session by ear but in order to remember it I usually find the ABC and generate a score. A very useful ear-training exercise is to take a tune you know well and play it in another key. Try this first with a relatively simple tun... more…

  • Re: What are your favorite tracks or albums for exemplary bouzouki, cittern, octave mandolin or mandolin playing?

    I second the recommendation of Kevin MacLeod. Wonderful playing, and stellar accompanimnet by Alec Finn. Quite the musical chemistry those two have! I saw them playing together several times at the 2002 Zoukfest in New Mexico and was mightily impressed... more…

  • Re: What kind of fiddle do you play?

    I made my main fiddle, an unconventional first effort made from trees I cut from my land here in Missouri. It has an Eastern red cedar top and walnut back and sides. The fingerboard, pegs, and tailpiece are dogwood. more…