fiddlentina’s one hundred and twelve comments

  • Re: EasyABC Questions

    Anybody know a good app for an iPad that does more…

  • Re: EasyABC Questions

    I've found EastABC a very easy front end for abcm2ps which I'd been using on my mac. Take a look at the manual for abc plus. Every thing I've tried (including multipart music and changing to large print staff) has worked smoothly. more…

  • Re: Easy tunes for the concertina

    The B music for concertina reel is hard on a concertina because of the repeated notes. more…

  • Re: techniques for tune-learning?

    Some ways to learn a tune: try it in several keys (if it's in G, try F#). Play it on different instruments (fiddle, whistle, concertina). Play with variations in ornamentation. Repeat in lots of ways but avoid boredom. more…

  • Re: Québécois foot percussion in Irish music?

    The use of two chairs to provide support (like parallel bars) is written up in Castiglione's _Book of the Courtier_ so it goes back well into the renaissance. The footwork he describes is much more complicated than that used in Quebec or Ireland--- more ... more…

  • Re: Too fast?

    In answer to the OP: Yes, too fast, too much swing. O'Carolan was thinking about Vivaldi (a contemporary) when he wrote the Concerto. more…

  • Re: Reels for Contra dance?

    Toppish has given really good advice. There is some regional variation to take into account. Here in the midwest there would be very few jigs played and the speed might get as high as 132. Be prepared for a long stretch of reels at a fixed speed with t... more…

  • Re: Technically Difficult.

    I've spent a bit of time o the technically very difficult tune "The Mathematician" by Scott Skinner---mostly because I am one, bu I also like the tune when it is played at a reasonable speed (not extremely fast just to show the player almost can). I can... more…

  • Re: Trad or Jazz Flute

    My impression is that trad and jazz are incompatible. Good trad playing does some melodic improvisation, but generally leaves the harmonic structure untouched. You also never lose the tune. In jazz you do lose the tune and wander rather far in harmoni... more…

  • Re: 3-string fiddle

    For about thee decades I've had a three stringed rebec in my office to play tunes over the lunch hour. Having DAE tuning works just fine. I'm not so sure how it would work in a session-- the tone is very dry. The instrument in question is made of a pie... more…