heike’s one hundred and ninety-seven comments

  • Re: Floating pinkies? …and other questions for the beginning concertina player

    If you push with your left hand, your left pinky will be way to busy with other stuff. I push with my left as well (habit from the accordeon), and I don’t stabilize with my right pinky except maybe in some exceptions I’m not even aware of. Resting the... more…

  • Re: Tune name request

    Sounds like the Ebb Tide more…

  • Re: Anyone know the name of this first polka??

    I know it as Din Tarrant’s, but it comes with a bunch of other names. more…

  • Emmet The Piper, X:2

    Here's Oisín Mac Diarmada's version on The Green Branch. As so often, he plays it in a lower key, F major in this case, but I kept it in the original key. more…

  • Emmet The Piper

    Composed by Charlie Lennon, who can be heard performing his tune with Johnny Connolly on An Mileoidean Scaoilte: more…

  • Re: Pub Vaping

    One or two persons vaping in a fairly large area probably wouldn't upset most people, but if vaping is becoming as widely accepted as a social activity as smoking used to be, more and more people would probably pick up that habit and we'd end up with pubs... more…

  • :)

    LOL, that's the people who have no idea what an Irish session is all about. I'm surprised they even knew that we're playing there! And our regular day IS Saturday, although if we can't make it, we do on rare occasions switch to Sunday. more…

  • Re: Playing alone - can it ever be completely satisfying?

    When you've fallen in love with a new tune and been listening to it and playing along with it over and over and you get to that stage where there's nothing inside yourself but this one absolutely cool tune and the sense that you finally nailed it and it's... more…

  • Re: Fiddlers - dodgy intonation? Not any more!

    Pardon me? Where's the "révolution"? Violas da gamba had frets already centuries ago. Maybe there's a reason violins dropped the frets in the course of instrumental evolution... more…

  • Re: A Concertina Playing Question

    When I started with the concertina, I also tended to base my fingering and bellows work on my fiddle bowing patterns. Until my teacher told me: If you want to play it like a fiddle, you're better off playing a fiddle. Play it like a concertina and make us... more…