Fidele Barnia’s ninety-seven comments

  • Re: New book on Sligo Fiddling

    I'll buy a copy. As to the bowing, transcribing solo performance is a fairly easy process with today's technological advantages, at least as far as the pitches and values of the notes. Bowing transcription requires a great deal more experience and study. more…

  • Re: Pretentious Trad

    Whether it is pretentious I would not venture, but the electric percussion provides people, who don't really have any interest in music, with a sense that they are having a good time. It is essentially what Kenny G does with the soprano sax. It is traditi... more…

  • Re: If you could study fiddle from anyone anywhere….

    Learning any subject requires learning how to learn. Sounds convoluted, I know. A good teacher does not just give you tips and tricks, he gives a rounded sense of direction, and that can depend on the level of student. One has to meet the teacher and get ... more…

  • Re: Struggling to Learn Tunes by Ear, any suggestions?

    Saving Youtube videos is not as easy as it used to be on a computer. If you have a way to do it, you can use Audacity software to slow it down. I have a stand alone digital music device that Youtube, or any other online audio programme, can only see as my... more…

  • Re: Is it ok to change tunes to make them easier?

    It depends on what is meant by changing the tune. No, you cannot change the harmonic structure, but you can avoid an instrument's technical difficulties. Its part of arrangement, just as long as it does not alter the melody. There are often many different... more…

  • Re: A Simple Debate: Fiddle or Violin

    Violin is an old word used to describe the instrument and its music. Variations appear in several languages. Fiddle is a term more like slang, and can be use affectionately or in a derogatory tone. Whether one player favours a certain arch to the bridge, ... more…

  • Re: Tune ID please. Ciaran O Maonaigh on fiddle

    That fiddle sounds like a tin can. I couldn't listen to it for more than one verse. more…

  • Re: Music, a mathematical coincidence

    I don't care. more…

  • Re: Reels Galore

    Gerry's accuracy is beautiful. The triplets are executed with amazing precision. The guitarist's accompaniment is also the work of a real musician, not that dreadful wide strum the folkies do. more…

  • Re: Where many ITM tunes written for the fiddle, or is something else at play?

    Whether tunes were composed on a fiddle or not may only be half the story. The fundamental aspect of the fiddle musically is that it is tuned in 5ths. That was a strategic choice, not an accident. Tunes are bit like songs, and many were both. The 5th tuni... more…