Sarah_MadPlaid’s twenty-five comments

  • Good for you posting Beolach's new cd, "Variations". I love CB music and go to study fiddle there frequently, and frankly, I don't think that this band gets enough recognition. What an ensemble! I'm quite partial to Mac's piano playing, as I was only 11 y... more…

  • Re: Canadian music scene

    The Canadian music scene is just booming! As a Cape Breton style fiddler from Ottawa, I know this firsthand. We have so many great celtic bands here. For example: The Barra MacNeils, Slainte Mhath, Beolach, Leahy (and I agree that some of their vocal stuf... more…

  • Modal tunes…

    Hi everyone! I'm looking for some info on playing modal tunes (E myxolidian for example). I've been trying to figure it out and I asked my theory class yesterday but no one could really help me. I understand the modes etc. but I'm not clear on how they re... more…

  • Re: Who have or what has inspired you the most in 2003?

    My violin/fiddle teachers: Nancy, Mr. Pohran and Sylvie. Those guys (and gals) are the best! I can't thank them enough! And also, my friend Alexis who just released her first CD, April Verch, Natalie MacMaster, Slainte Mhath and my parents. I'm inspired b... more…

  • Re: Bow grip question

    In response to all those who feel that the hold of a bow makes the music.... I can't believe that! All I was saying is that a classical grip generally tends to give more bow control, regardless of style. And I also don't understand those people who say th... more…

  • Re: Bow grip question

    Ok, the reason why we "classical" players (and in truth i'm entirely a fiddler but i do that other stuff too) hold our bows at the end and not a couple of inches up is because (when done properly) it gives the player waaaaayyyyy more control than holding ... more…

  • Re: use of the 3rd finger in a fiddle roll

    What you need to do is sit down and practice some good old technical stuff. Like putting your 1st, 2nd and 4th fingers on the string(s) and then tapping the 3rd finger. Or practicing really slow rolls. You see, if you can't play it slowly, you can't play ... more…

  • Re: You rarely see a pretty fiddle

    In the late nineteenth century, a lot of violins had carved scrolls (I'm buying one like that). The were usually carved into monsters etc. however I've seen one that was a flower. And I've actually seen quite a lot of inlaid fiddles around Ottawa and in C... more…

  • Re: Why the snobbery?

    I think that every style of music has a certain sense of "snobbery" that it's musicians have to overcome. It isn't really snobbery. One or two different tunes are great, they mix things up a little and no-one gets bored. But be careful not to overdo it, t... more…

  • Re: Who owns the music anyway?

    I think Trad. and Anon. do........ more…