Larry Ayers’s one hundred and twenty-seven comments

  • Re: RIP Vincent Campbell

    There is a Russian web-site which offers mp3 downloads of old LPs, most from companies which have succumbed to the ravages of time. Years ago I downloaded an LP, one of Vincent Campbell's recordings. I was impressed (and still am) by Campbell's delicate t... more…

  • Re: Lost our session venue…. again….(sympathy and suggestions welcome)

    Kinda cruel, David! I've been involved in sessions for quite a few years and one of the benefits has been seeing tyros evolve into competent players. This does take patience, I admit. In any session there are players who have innate musicality and often j... more…

  • Re: Vibratto-osis

    I'm a self-taught fiddler, but I also listen to quite a bit of old European art music, mainly J.S. Bach, W.F. and C.P.E Bach, and Haydn --and Tartini and Corelli too. I love that stuff, and I sincerely dislike hearing violin vibrato (one T!) in music from... more…

  • Re: How many tunes do you know?

    It depends on how you define "know". At any given time I can play perhaps three hundred tunes, but the tunes making up that transitory list continually change. There are many tunes I once knew and could easily revive if circumstances demanded. A phenomeno... more…

  • Jig After Corelli

    This jig is a reworking of a march-like movement from Archangelo Corelli's Sonata no. 4 in F Major, opus 5. I've played the piece for years and eventually decided that it could be transposed to D and turned into a jig. more…

  • Re: The subtle art of Variation and Style

    I try to restrain my variations (I'm a fiddler) so as not to throw off my fellow musicians -- I try to stay on track, with varying success. Like Gobby, I often hear variations at night as tunes cycle through my mind; some of them stick. more…

  • Re: Chinese Snakewood Bow

    I use two of the Chinese Baroque-style bows, each of which cost about sixty bucks from a Shanghai-based Ebay vendor. The bows are light and well-balanced, and I've found that they suit my playing very well. more…

  • Re: Old-time fiddle w/piano

    Thanks na eisc -- that Rowsome clip convinced me that a couple of tunes I've played for years are still recognizable in my renditions. I've not met any players who know them, but I live in a thinly-populated area of the American Southwest. I certainly do... more…

  • Re: Why do many disregard the notion of Celtic identity?

    Interesting discussion, but musically speaking, and as a North American, I consider the word "Celtic" to be a quick identifier indicating that my musical cohorts and I don't play what is known here as "Old-time" music -- that we prefer the jigs and reels ... more…

  • Re: What do we take for granted? What are you thankful for?

    I was at the Bisbee, Arizona post office yesterday to pick up my mail from my PO box. A woman who looked vaguely familiar said to me "Hey, Larry! You still playing the fiddle?" I got a kick out of that encounter; after several years playing in this area, ... more…