BFR’s seventeen comments

  • Re: Broken chords

    Steve, you are wrong. All the definitions I've come across, be they etymological or musical define arpeggios as chords. The distinction you make about hearing the notes together or one at a time falls down if you take the tune into a reverberant place. Mo... more…

  • Re: What Instrument Should I Learn ?

    The whistle is a great way to start. I would also recommend you try to learn reading music as you start. People who start reading after learning to play get frustrated because they can't read as fast as they can play. Learning to read as you learn to play... more…

  • Re: Bad Music ~ do you blame the instrument, or the player?

    The 'Why?' is obvious. Someone must have stolen the banjo. more…

  • Re: Fixing Wolfe tone on a mandolin?

    Good luck whatever. As regards a compensated nut, if you go down that road you can't avoid 100% compensated frets. That has to be 100% impossible. more…

  • Re: Fixing Wolfe tone on a mandolin?

    If it feels easier to play with the capo on, then the strings come off the nut too high. Fixing this could fix the intonation problem, or at least make it better. more…

  • Re: Fixing Wolfe tone on a mandolin?

    The tip about checking with a capo on 1st fret is a good one. If the action is noticeably better then the nut needs lowering, If the intonation 12 frets from the capo is correct the nut could be in the wrong position. more…

  • Re: Fixing Wolfe tone on a mandolin?

    Must be a slow day elsewhere. more…

  • Re: ‘e’ String on Fiddle

    I don't play the fiddle much these days but I remember Dominant E strings. They were very thin cored tape wound strings and the winding would wear through quite quickly. When that happened they not only sounded bad but they were also a danger to your fing... more…

  • Re: What would you change on this website?

    Edit facility yes. more…

  • Re: Plectrum

    The thumb and two fingers position makes it possible to bend a flexible pick. This gives the pick greater stiffness. If you can tell the difference in sound between different gauge picks this can be useful. more…