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  • Re: Seamus Creagh Tutorial

    This sounds fantastic. I would like to hear comments as well but I can't see how it wouldn't be good. more…

  • dale russ "basic irish fiddle" video

    I know people have mentioned this video before but I couldn't find a good review of it. Does anyone have it and if so, what do they think? What tunes are covered? Thanks. more…

  • Re: James Kelly Instruction

    According to his website, he lives in Miami Springs, Florida. more…

  • James Kelly Instruction

    Has anyone tried taking long distance lessons with James Kelly? According to his website, under "Learn Music From James Kelly", you can exchange your music (via mp3, cd, etc.) for a review. This seems very enticing and I was wondering if anyone tried it... more…

  • New Junior Crehan Recording?

    I thought I heard yesterday on Clare FM that an anthology of Crehan's music has been made and will come out at the Willie Clancy Fest. Is this correct? Does anyone know anything else about it? If its true, I can't get it! more…

  • Re: links to videos

    Wow, the Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh clip was great. His fiddle playing sounds so distinctive, perhaps his tuning or use of double-stops when playing...at times it sounds like American Old Timey. I know he was influenced by the Sliabh Luachra fiddlers but i... more…

  • How much bow do you use?

    I was recently criticized for only using the top third of my bow when playing and have been trying to correct it by using the entire bow when appropriate. My question is how many people use the whole bow and how do you control it when bowing fast (mine ... more…

  • Re: Playing the music at yer workplace

    I guess I'm lucky to be working in a small architectural office and sharing a room with a co-worker who plays banjo and loves bluegrass and old-timey. We end up splitting the day in half -- bluegrass in the morning and irish in the afternoon. He doesn'... more…

  • Old Chicago Venues

    Does anyone know the location of the Irish pubs/halls where John McGreevy, Joe Cooley, Cuz Teahan, etc. used to play? Are they still in existence? more…

  • Re: when your playing falls apart

    Thanks for all good comments. I do find that I put pressure on myself to nail a phrase, ornament, etc. which makes playing more of a task than an enjoyment. I also found that when I'm concentrating so much on technique I fail to listen. Anyways, all o... more…