Tarrantella’s four hundred and sixty-seven comments

  • 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…

  • Re: The Session from Hell

    Unaccompanied singers who only know 2-3 songs and have sung them at every session for the last 20 years. Same applies to musicians and tunes - but at least with those you can join in, add notes/harmonies or on the fiddle I test whether I can play them in... more…

  • Re: Walking on the Moon

    Played for a Lunar Activity Day at the Bodleian Library, Oxford and had to come up with a whole set of moon themed tunes/songs. Walking on the Moon was one of the tunes -might have been stretching it a bit with Mooncoin Jig! more…

  • Re: How happy are you with your own playing?

    Always room for improvement- and would love to improve my limited memory capacity! So many tunes and so hard to retain them all while learning new ones! more…

  • Re: Boston Fiddle: The Dudley Street Tradition

    The CD took over 4 months to arrive! But I have had the Tunebook for a few years and wanted to hear a couple of tunes played by the composer. more…

  • Re: Sessions during the extended Winter holiday period.

    Our session went ahead as usual on Thursday! I suspect the pub would have had a quiet night without the musicians and their friends and partners filling the bar! more…

  • Re: App to create a set

    The best sets come from when you get to the end of a tune and unconsciously fall into another tune because for you, they work naturally together! However, I do use this site to actually keep a record of tune sets I like - as I've got to a stage where I ... more…