Conical bore’s eight hundred and thirty-eight comments

  • Re: Hornpipes

    Yes, it might be the legato bowing that's throwing me off from hearing the dotting from the fiddler. more…

  • Re: Hornpipes

    I think of it more as "bounce" when playing a hornpipe than a dotted feel, but maybe that's the same thing. I usually play hornpipes with a little bounce because that's the way they're played in local Irish sessions, but there is some variety between tune... more…

  • Re: Irish Accompaniment and Appalachian Fiddle

    It's more than just backbeat vs. downbeat. One of the distinctive things about Appalachian/OldTime music is how it doesn't always conform to a straight-ahead rhythm, and sometimes has a "crooked" beat structure. This is one of my favorite OldTime tunes, "... more…

  • Re: Irish Accompaniment and Appalachian Fiddle

    "Still, the two genres are cousins, and should (in my opinion) have occasional reunions." more…

  • Re: Songs and Tunes

    As a flute player I would love to think that ours was "the first," but it's probably just that flutes made from bones survive better as artifacts compared to instruments made of wood, skin, and gut that decompose quickly. It could have been the frame drum... more…

  • Re: Chairs

    Armless chairs are essential, other than that I'm not too picky about the types of chairs you usually find in pubs and restaurant sessions. more…

  • Re: Is it damaging to keep a wooden, keyed flute out of it’s case ready to play if it’s otherwise properly cared for?

    A while ago I asked a similar question over at the Chiff & Fipple forum, about whether it was a good idea to leave a wooden flute assembled after a morning practice, if you were going to play it again in another practice session that afternoon. I can't a... more…

  • Re: Copyrighted Tunes on the Session?

    WRT artists selling tune books, there is usually "value added" because you're not just buying the sheet music, but usually the books include the history of the tune, or some neat story that goes along with it. more…

  • Re: Copyrighted Tunes on the Session?

    I am not a lawyer and other disclaimers, but I believe a tune database like this one operates under the "Fair Use" part of copyright laws in various countries, allowing transmission of copyrighted material for educational and research purposes. more…

  • Re: Recommended tunes within my remit but not universally contemptuous like ‘irish washerwoman’?

    Well, so much for the mists of time. There is a huge amount of information (and speculation) about the IWW at the Traditional Tune Archive, including the bit quoted below: more…