rob zouk’s one hundred and forty-eight comments

  • Re: Manx Lullaby but not Manx Lullaby , looking for other thoughts

    I have a copies of both Carol Walker’s and Charles Guard’s collections of Manx songs and tunes. The tune you linked to is definitely not the Manx Lullaby, but rather the Washing Song that was mentioned by Whimbrel. more…

  • Re: Longer loading times?

    I have the same experience as All Moldy: Going straight to the Discussion page is very fast, but the load time on the Home page is very slow. Something is hanging up the Home page. more…

  • Re: Chieftains album

    Like Adrian W., I am partial to the Chieftains 7 album. It was the first one I bought many years ago (in the days of vinyl) and still is my favorite after having heard many others they produced. more…

  • Re: Banjo noting hand

    I have always used cello style. I simply change hand position up the neck when the tune requires higher frets. I usually make the position change when I can take advantage of a note that can be played on an open string. more…

  • Re: Banjos

    Another instruments that works nicely for backing vocals is a waldzither. I acquired one recently and has a very nice sound for backing songs. They can be tuned all sorts of ways. Lots of them on the secondary market and can be had for around $300. more…

  • Re: Banjos

    I'm late to the discussion, but I thought I would add my two cents anyhow. I have used a tenor banjo tuned GDAD (weird I know, but it works for me) to back vocals on occasion. However, I do not strum. As others have pointed out, strummed cords in this tun... more…

  • Re: Guitarists, what kind of picks do you use?

    Mostly play fingersytle, but when I use a pick it is a Dunlop grey nylon .73 mm. The flex works for me and gives the right sound and volume that suits the small group I play in. more…

  • Re: Any advice for filling taxes as a full-time musician?

    My daughter is also a full time musician and in the earlier years used TurboTax. However, as time has progressed the business has become more complicated (merch, rentals, multi state income, etc.) that she decided to go with a professional preparer. Expen... more…

  • Re: Online Irish Music Academy

    I've been very pleased with the lessons they produced. I don't have the time to take lessons locally and this provides a nice alternative. I've been going slowly through the whistle lessons and forcing myself to learn the tunes entirely by ear. It is a gr... more…

  • Re: Bouzouki strap recommendation

    I use to experience a lot of discomfort as you described and tried many different straps (padded, unpadded, leather, fabric, etc.) However, I did find a conventional strap that solved the problem made by Lakota Leathers. Very supple and comfortable. The o... more…