reelsweet’s two hundred and eleven comments

  • Re: When you can’t “Think Outside of The Box”.

    Hold on, you said "Having someone show me how they achieved something, and then going on to achieve it for myself." but what makes you think that person wasn't shown how at some point themselves? We all need teachers of some sort. If you've been lucky eno... more…

  • Re: When you can’t “Think Outside of The Box”.

    Everyone has to be creative to some degree in order to survive—I think it's an inherent human trait. I don't feel the need to be innovative or creative in order to express myself through music. Other people have done that part, and I'm happy and thankfu... more…

  • Re: Devil’s Advocate

    Being able to hear a melody in your head and simultaneously play it on your instrument, is the exact same skill that improvisers use. It really has nothing to do with how well you do, or don't, read music or understand theory. It is all about knowing your... more…

  • Re: Devil’s Advocate

    Ailin, you said: more…

  • Re: Dancers

    I seem to play 2-4 Contra dances a year, and I got to play for a ceilidh a few years ago (but we had to travel to get there). I only play Irish, but it seems to work out fine for the contras. I really like playing for dancers, and I wish there were more I... more…

  • Re: Devil’s Advocate

    Sure, being able to read opens up lots of opportunities, but this music is NOT played the way it is written. You're better off at least finding a recording, or recording someone playing it, even if you are still using the dots. more…

  • Re: Devil’s Advocate

    So, for those of you advocating for sheet music in actual sessions... What is the advantage? more…

  • Re: Devil’s Advocate

    IMHO, sheet music is only useful/acceptable in private, not at sessions. At least one musician in my session doesn't read music, and that should never be a barrier. It's not necessary for learning or playing the music. more…

  • Re: The most usefull whistle

    For sessions a C could come in handy, and maybe an A (or an Eb for those sessions tuned up). Bb whistles are handy to have around, but I don't think I've ever needed one at a session. I have only ever brought a high D to sessions. more…

  • Re: How do you remember all your tunes?

    I remember tunes mostly by ear. I'm not great at remembering the names, and often can't remember how to start a tune by the name, but once someone starts it I can usually jump in. I listen to the music a lot, and I have far more tunes in my aural memory t... more…