AlBrown’s seven thousand, five hundred and ninety-eight comments

  • Re: Forgetting Tunes

    Your brain may forget them, but your fingers will always remember! more…

  • Re: Best way to store sheet music?

    Store it in your head! ;-) more…

  • Re: Happy New Musical Year 2018

    I have outgrown resolutions. I am what I am, and that's all what I am. more…

  • Re: Can horns (like the trumpet, cornet or flugelhorn) be used for playing Irish music?

    La Bottine Souriante succeeds the same way Blood, Sweat and Tears did; they have grafted a jazz brass section to another musical style. In the case of BS&T it was rock and roll; with La Bottine, it is Quebecois trad. With the exception of the sax, you do ... more…

  • Re: Harmonica that sounds like Concertina/Accordion

    One trick, if you are buying a D diatonic harmonica, is to buy a Low D one. That takes you out of the octave of tin whistles, and puts you into the octave inhabited by flutes, fiddles, concertinas and accordions. Hohner used to make a Low D version of t... more…

  • Re: Perpetual Beginner

    I've been playing the box for a decade, and probably because it is not my primary instrument, I still haven't mastered it myself. I can play scads of slow stuff, but only a few dozen dance tunes up to speed. If you just keep plugging away, and play it a... more…

  • Re: Getting into tin whistle

    Next to my harmonica, there is no instrument that I play that is as intuitive as the whistle. And consequently, these two instruments are the most fun. You can become competent on whistle within a year, and if you enjoy it, you can spend a lifetime master... more…

  • Re: Tin whistle accompanying singer question

    I knew a singer once who deliberately sung a quarter tone off standard pitch because she preferred to sing alone. I always thought she would be better off just to state her preference before she started, as her first verse was always marred by accompanist... more…

  • Re: fingerings on whistle same as flute?

    The fingerings are the same, unless you are Seamus Egan of Solas, who plays flute right handed and whistle left handed (or maybe vice versa--I get confused). Just the thought of that makes me dizzy, but he does it with ease. more…

  • Re: Fatuous Questions

    I always thought the site was called the Mustard board in honor of the famous Colonel Mustard, he who attained his fame with a lead pipe in the library. more…