David L’s one hundred and thirty-two comments

  • Re: Modes in Irish trad tunes

    Chris, you list D E F G A B C# D as D minor (aeolian). While that is variation of D minor (melodic minor ascending) it is NOT aeolian. Aeolian is the natural minor which would have a B flat and a C natural. more…

  • Re: (music theory question) lydian, diatonic yay or nay?

    The diatonic pattern can be TTSTTTS, but it can also be TTTSTTS, TSTTTST, TTSTTST, STTSTTTS, STTTSTT, or TSTTSTT. There is nothing special about TTSTTTS and it does not "name" the diatonic scale, at least not in any music theory book or music dictionary ... more…

  • Re: (music theory question) lydian, diatonic yay or nay?

    Mark M, the classical definition of "diatonic" is a 7 note scale with two half-steps being as far apart as possible. The is no mention of a "root" note or name for a diatonic scale. There is no bias toward the ionian version. They are not "named" for the ... more…

  • Re: (music theory question) lydian, diatonic yay or nay?

    Mark M, I well understand what diatonic means. Yes, D major, B minor, and G lydian all share the same scale. You call that the "D diatonic scale", even though the D note is found in many diatonic scales. You are naming it by the major iteration. I did the... more…

  • Re: (music theory question) lydian, diatonic yay or nay?

    Wikipedia is known for being mediocre when it comes to music theory. "Two tetrachords separated by a whole step" describes the diatonic MAJOR scale, but not ALL relative diatonic scales. The spacing of "two tetrachords separated by a whole step" stays the... more…

  • Re: Dancers

    I've been playing for dancers for over fifty years, although mostly not ITM. It doesn't really matter what genre, playing for good dancers is wonderful. Most of my dance band experiences have been for swing, country, and rock, but I also spent years playi... more…

  • Re: Seems a long time since any discussion of playing the bodhran

    I have been a professional percussionist (classical, rock. swing. country) for fifty years, although I play the melody at Irish sessions. Bodhran is not really any different than other percussion. It should compliment the music unobtrusively. If you notic... more…

  • Re: Accurate sound

    Your tuner is using equal-temperament, but the flute (and many ITM instruments and tunes) use other variable tunings. That means that even if your flute is in tune over-all, specific notes will show out of tune on the tuner. This does NOT mean that they a... more…

  • Re: How to use drones in chord construction? (DADGAD Guitar)

    Also remember that many tunes in ITM don't use just the diatonic chords that you listed. For mixolydian tunes you will need a C major chord. And, of course, many tunes are in the minor modes. more…

  • Re: Irish fiddle and sounding point

    Unlike what the Mark M said, changing the bowing point changes the tone, not the dynamics. Closer to the bridge brings out more treble. Closer to the finger board brings out more bass. This is true on any string instrument. Dynamics are controlled by bow ... more…