Fidele Barnia’s one hundred and twenty-five comments

  • Re: Starting fiddle in January!

    It is not necessary to read music to play folk and popular music. However, it is a handy skill. The thing to remember is that you don't need to know much more about it, other than what you are up to. If you are learning to play Bah, Bah, Black Sheep, thos... more…

  • Re: What other music do you especially like - and why?

    I think it was Ira Gershwin who said. "There are only two kinds of music: good and bad." more…

  • Re: Musical interests of your session mates outside the innermost circle of ITM relevancy

    Ben, you may not know it, but you are looking for the meaning of life. Fortunately, you have come to the right place. Its about having fun. more…

  • Re: Bad practise

    There are well established practice routines that don't bear discussing here, but if you follow them, you will improve, just not incrementally. The serious student is improving subconsciously all the time. Obvious improvement appears in waves. Hollows an... more…

  • Re: Method Books.

    I have stacks of method books in several genres. Early on, I used feel I had not done them justice, if I did not complete the work. In the end, my take is that if you get one thing out of a book, its worthwhile. In the realms of Americana and Hawaiian, I ... more…

  • 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…