David L’s one hundred and seventy comments

  • Re: Mandolin vs. Tenor Banjo

    At our local Irish session, I play a banjo-mandolin with a skin head. I get the best of both worlds and only have to carry one small case. more…

  • Re: What To Call It

    Almost every style of music has the same word problems. “Jazz”, “rock”, “folk”, “classical”, etc. can all be used broadly or specifically. “Classical” can mean romantic, renaissance, or anything which is not “popular”, or it can me… more…

  • Re: Small Ensemble Balance

    Assuming that the violin played the tune on everything, that will need to be covered by the remaining players. That probably means accordion melody on everything and more whistle than bodhran. more…

  • Re: Is Session Play Corrosive of Quality Solo Play?

    Session playing is just one aspect of a good musician’s playing, just like everything else that they do. It can’t hurt unless it is the only playing that they do. more…

  • Re: The Nutcracker and Irish Tunes

    I am currently (two performances today!) playing in the orchestra for “Kansas Nutcracker”. It is an adaptation that takes place in early pioneer Kansas. There is a 12 piece orchestra which includes two mandolins and a mandola. I play mandola. more…

  • Re: Barndances called polka

    “Polka” is a specific kind of dance. I’ve only heard “barndance” referring to a general type of dance party where several different types of dances are played. Are you using “barndance” to refer to a specific type of dance? more…

  • Re: What are your predictions on the next instrument to disappear from ITM?

    CreadurMawnOrganig, There are many instruments which have gone by the wayside or been replaced by more modern versions: keyed bugles, crumhorns, zincs, sackbuts, among others. more…

  • Re: One-part tunes

    “Green Bushes” is an English/Scottish tune with just one part. It is featured in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Folk Song Suite”. I play it at sessions in E dorian. more…

  • Re: Fiddle tuning weirdness

    DonaldK, in the temperature range that your instrument is being played in, the difference in tuning fork pitch is negligible. Experimenting with putting tuning forks in the freezer is only relevant if you put your instrument in the freezer. more…

  • Re: Help making sets

    Playing a set of jigs, or a set of reels, is good if you are playing for actual dancing, but most sessions aren’t for dancing. I like sets which have different dance types. This is more usual in classical music dance suites, where the key is more consis… more…