Fidele Barnia’s one hundred and twenty comments

  • Re: Playing Chords on fiddle at sessions

    The Session Furher seems to have an exalted sense of his own musical taste. He is problem a pain in the posterior when it comes to other subjects too. more…

  • Re: unable to fiddle- what instrument to take up?

    Never say never. I stopped playing fiddle for ten years, and now I'm back into it better than ever. But on the subject of another instrument, the ubiquitous guitar is hard to beat for picked melody lines, and there are several different techniques. Unfort... more…

  • Re: Trad?

    I don't play traditionally, if I hear a piece that grabs me, I research it through written or recorded material, sometimes picking up parts from other players. The perception of authenticity is vague at best. Its not something I pursue. I do enjoy playing... more…

  • Re: Etiquette

    To hell with the music, when your stockbroker needs to talk. more…

  • Re: “Maybe I’m Not Bad At Fiddle?” An Investigation of Learning Curves, Handicaps, and Perceived Limitations

    You can get an excellent carbon fibre bow from China, on Ebay for 50 bucks: beautiful frog, Mongolian horse hair, and dead straight. One problem with the violin as far as sound goes, is that the damn thing is up under your ear. That's not what it sounds l... more…

  • Re: Wax Cylinders to the WWW—IMS Podcast

    I can just remember vinyl 45s replacing shellac 78s. I have always been interested in listening to early recordings, and looking at early photographs and film. The revelation here, was the fidelity of the diamond disc. When it comes to learning tunes, I d... more…

  • Re: Trad Guitar

    Sorry, I loath Matt's strum that starts about 2:50. I will listen to some of the later stuff . . . later. more…

  • Re: Trad Guitar

    'Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I am working through them, initially on the "tube," and it is refreshing to hear the guitar played with technique in an ITM setting. more…

  • Trad Guitar

    Who are the best exponents, are what is the direction of guitar in traditional Irish music, in both accompaniment and lead melody playing? All I ever hear is a kind of muddy frenetic strum. more…

  • Re: Why do most electric violins sound so awful?

    As an aside to this subject, there is the assumption that we need amplification. First it was the guitars, then it was the bass, and now the bloody drums. Each one turning it up to get over the other, and in the process we are going deaf. When I lived in ... more…