johnjoe’s eighty-one comments

  • How not to play Irish music

    For pure amusement, post examples of people butchering Irish music, or perhaps merely just playing it the "wrong way". Don't know how to explain it really but I remember seeing a bunch of classical musicians trying to play Irish music, complete with their... more…

  • Re: Looking for session in Galway and Sligo

    Don't know about Sligo but go to Tig Coili and Taaffes in Galway. Both have daily trad sessions at 5.30pm and 9.30pm (roughly, not a definite time). Taaffes is touristy and overpriced but if you're just going for music then who cares. Tig Coili, even thou... more…

  • Re: The Old Pigeon On The Gate

    I really love this reel. The version I learned is kinda different from the ones listed here bit retains the same feel and overall structure. more…

  • Re: Flute: Better to practice one tune to perfection or several ones?

    In my years of playing I've always committed to learning 2 tunes at a time (4 or 5 now that I'm a better musician and play more instruments). No point in half learning a tune. Nail it and it will help you in future tune learning. If you get bored of prac... more…

  • Re: Metronome practise with fiddle slurs

    Bobby Casey is by far my favourite fiddler. If anyone has any transcriptions of his tunes or notes on his bowing patterns that'd be greatly appreciated. more…

  • Re: Metronome practise with fiddle slurs

    Thanks everyone. Posting from smartphone so can't reply individually but all advice was well received and appreciated. more…

  • Metronome practise with fiddle slurs

    I'm having a frustratingly hard time practising my timing on the fiddle. It's ok with jigs and polkas, where the slurring is somewhat more straightforward. But with reels it's driving me mad. Often, the tick of the metronome coincides with a note that is ... more…

  • Re: Is Irish traditional music unique in that you may find sessions anywhere in the world? Sorry if this has been discussed before

    As others have said session in the sense of an informal music gathering is something that's widespread and innate among musicians. However Irish music sessions are the only type I know that are so far-reaching... From Chile to Australia to Japan to Israel... more…

  • Re: Ornamentation you dont like?

    Pretty patronizing comment there Stiamh. Don't see how my not liking of cuts means I have a poor understanding of Irish music. I have been listening, playing and studying for years - I'm well acquainted with it, thanks. It just occurred to me while learni... more…

  • Ornamentation you dont like?

    Im just curious as to whether or not there are embellishments players here dont like and actively avoid in their rendition of tunes. more…