Tarrantella’s four hundred and seventy-three comments

  • Re: Chairs

    Totally agree about non-musicians but my partner doesn’t come to sessions. I find it much better if I can see and hear the other musicians. It’s hard enough in large sessions when opposite ends of the group are struggling to hear and keep in time wit... more…

  • Re: Removal of bad settings of a tune?

    I must admit there are 3-4 submitters whose versions I nearly always prefer and these are the ones I look at first when faced with a large choice of versions. more…

  • Re: The Purpose of thesession.org

    I would prefer for the site to be predominantly Irish. If you want tunes from all over the world, there are other sites like Folk Tune Finder that cover all. more…

  • Re: Why the pub?

    As more people now live in flats, it's not as easy to have a session without being antisocial! more…

  • Re: What is your practice routine?

    Work gets in the way so I have to cram most of my practice time in to the weekend. Although I use the word practice in the loosest sense of the word - in that I just tend to play lots of tunes and experiment with new sets. My main task is trying to get ... more…

  • Re: Do you record yourself?

    I think the scariest thing was when I heard it back the first time, I didn't realise how fast I was playing - and I now make a conscious effort to try and play slower. I was playing tunes faster than I like to listen to them. more…

  • Re: Any fiddle players with experience using geared pegs?

    Only problem I have is that it takes longer to change strings - requires a bit more precision than normal! more…

  • Re: Your mind on music: the curious path of internalizing irish tunes

    I was taught to sing or mentally hear a tune in my head before picking my fiddle up. It's so much easier to learn a tune if you can already hear it in your head. more…

  • Re: Warm up/opening tune in your session?

    My hope for a session, is that I come away having heard some new tunes that I would love to learn. I get very frustrated sitting in a session playing the same tunes every time. Although I appreciate that many people like the familiar so they can join in... more…

  • Re: Is it possible to play ukulele in a session?

    There are ukuleles at one session I go to. I don't like it - but as Loughcurra says - it's relatively quiet - and less annoying than percussion players with no sense of rhythm! more…