Joe MacMaster’s thirty-nine comments

  • Re: Fminor Tunes?

    F minor is one of those keys that the majority of players recoil at the thought of. There aren’t a whole lot of tunes in that key, but there is certainly a handful. I’ve seen a few in old Scottish collections, and aside from that there’s a few mod... more…

  • The Green Tree

    Here's a Cape Breton jig in B flat, composed by the great Dan R. MacDonald. this is taken out of the Heather Hill collection. more…

  • Re: g minor/major tunes

    My Favourite key! more…

  • Re: A question about composing

    If you're looking for scary, or an ominous feel, minor keys are probably the best way to go. Especially a true minor (three flats) as opposed to dorian mode (two flats). Cminor especially has that dark quality about it. more…

  • Re: Slievman’s

    Allright, thanks for the heads up, i'll fix that. I had a look for it first but no matches came up. more…

  • The Red Mill

    One of my all time favourite tunes. Composed by the late Dan Hughie MacEachern of Glendale. Dan Hughie is one of the most prolific composers to come from Cape Breton. more…

  • Reel Du Vétérinaire

    This tune was taught to me by Natalie MacMaster. Jerry Holland often played it, and he recorded is on his Parlor Music CD. It can also be found in Jerry Holland's second collection, without most of the added ornamentation as seen here. more…

  • Slievman’s

    I learned this tune off an old tape of Buddy MacMaster. Later I found it in the Winston Fitzgerald collection under a different setting. Here it is as played by Buddy. more…

  • Re: where is your bow hand?

    I should also note that Donell Leahy is known for playing some of the most challenging peices of music, in the most challenging of ways. So for him is is necesary to hold it the way he does. It all really comes down to your style, if you can get away wit... more…

  • Re: where is your bow hand?

    If you want to see a good bow hand, look at Donell Leahy (Husband to Natalie MacMaster), he is considered to be one of the most technically proficient, and overall best fiddlers in the world. I was lucky enough to have his guidance starting out. He sugg... more…