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by Katharine
Sat Dec 09, 2023 8:53 pm
Forum: Flute Forum
Topic: Never trust a .....
Replies: 7
Views: 1871

Re: Never trust a .....

Good sleuthing, Terry! Please tell us you didn't use a cucumber slice as a gap-filler. Why not? Sounds like he has plenty to spare! :D Terry: A LITTLE off topic... Peel and shred the cukes, add some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic salt (maybe some salt and pepper). Trust me! Pat Tomatoes are...
by Katharine
Sun Nov 05, 2023 3:03 pm
Forum: Irish Language
Topic: Taladh Chriosda pronunciation (Scottish Gaelic)
Replies: 0
Views: 4363

Taladh Chriosda pronunciation (Scottish Gaelic)

Does anyone know of any pronunciation guides for this song on the web? (It's also known as Taladh ar Slanaigheir.) Preferably with audio, but I don't think I can afford to be picky. I know there's a guide for two or three verses on Youtube as a supplement to a setting done by Mark Sirett, but I'm ho...
by Katharine
Sat Aug 12, 2023 7:16 pm
Forum: Irish Traditional Music Forum
Topic: Bodhran?
Replies: 18
Views: 9975

Re: Bodhran?

There are "tweaks" to bodhrans to improve cheap ones, same as for whistles. The tape "trick" (I've always read it as 2" electrical tape-- get the Scotch Super 33, I believe it is) is one of them. I can't remember the others, now.
by Katharine
Sat Aug 12, 2023 7:11 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Cleaning Whistles
Replies: 9
Views: 3842

Re: Cleaning Whistles

I have interdental brushes to use on mine. Also dental floss, since a whistle mouthpiece is too long for the brush to get from one end of the windway to the other-- the kind that's kind of fluffy. (I just realized-- does this mean that when my dentist asks, I can say I DO floss??) For tarnish around...
by Katharine
Sun Jun 04, 2023 5:36 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Stuck
Replies: 31
Views: 8492

Re: Stuck

I wonder if enlisting the help of Copeland might also be an option. I got the slide of my Impempe whistle stuck once (long story short: I'm dumb), and someone here suggested I send it back to Ian Turnbull for unsticking, which he did. Just an idea in case you're nervous doing too much to them yourse...
by Katharine
Sun Apr 30, 2023 7:21 am
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: The Wonders of Cheap Whistles
Replies: 14
Views: 3056

Re: The Wonders of Cheap Whistles

Honestly-- I've enjoyed the (brass) Walton whistles I own. I still mourn my first that died (well, the head did, so, same thing); it was my first whistle. It had a unique, sort of "reedy" tone that I'd love to find again (but without buying a boatload of them and playing them all and then ...
by Katharine
Sun Mar 05, 2023 12:17 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Poststructural Pub
Topic: A dramatic 6-year-old tries her hand at shoveling snow
Replies: 53
Views: 13604

Re: A dramatic 6-year-old tries her hand at shoveling snow

I don't like nouns as verbs at all. See, for me they're playful. But it can't be done willy-nilly I feel like turning nouns into verbs in the U.S. is a thing done to be "cute," but then it's completely overdone. Say it once or twice, haha, somebody's using language in a novel way. But peo...
by Katharine
Sun Mar 05, 2023 12:11 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: Practicing/playing with different makers
Replies: 8
Views: 1599

Re: Practicing/playing with different makers

I admit to WHOAD. (Hi, Katharine!) This because I was looking for my "holy grail" whistle. What I discovered after acquiring a couple others was that I preferred the Walton that was my first whistle plucked up at a Highland games. (I had a Freeman Mellow Dog D/C set but didn't prefer the s...
by Katharine
Sun Oct 02, 2022 5:28 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Poststructural Pub
Topic: Do you ever play in public spaces?
Replies: 14
Views: 6547

Re: Do you ever play in public spaces?

At church-- if we're talking about "playing deliberately in public as a performance." My practice of both whistle and recorder is usually in a local park because there's no way I can practice ethically in my apartment with the very thin walls (yeah, I could mute the whistle significantly, ...
by Katharine
Sun Sep 11, 2022 12:36 pm
Forum: Traditional String Instruments
Topic: Irish wire strung harp
Replies: 4
Views: 4465

Re: Irish wire strung harp

What is your reason for not wanting to play with your fingernails? My understanding of wire harp is that part of the reason the nails are used is because the strings are more closely spaced than a nylon/gut strung harp-- so using the nails is a bit of a necessity? I don't see why you couldn't use gu...
by Katharine
Sun Aug 21, 2022 3:47 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Whistle Forum
Topic: C Whistle - Transpose or Not
Replies: 50
Views: 7695

Re: C Whistle - Transpose or Not

I admit that while I understand the "instruments in C (or D) vs transposing" thing... I don't understand why some are transposing! Mind you, I get that someone once decided that "six fingers down is D," but not why this is always true. (Caveat: I've never played a transposing ins...
by Katharine
Sun Jul 31, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Poststructural Pub
Topic: Another compelling argument for a total ban.
Replies: 10
Views: 5948

Re: Another compelling argument for a total ban.

My favorite viola joke is:

Why is a viola called 'bratsche' in German?
Because that's the sound it makes when you sit on it.







(Yes, I double on viola.)
by Katharine
Thu Jul 14, 2022 3:41 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Poststructural Pub
Topic: Another compelling argument for a total ban.
Replies: 10
Views: 5948

Re: Another compelling argument for a total ban.

Could be worse. Could be a viola.
by Katharine
Tue May 10, 2022 8:06 pm
Forum: Flute Forum
Topic: Silver ring
Replies: 10
Views: 3118

Re: Silver ring

tstermitz wrote: Mon May 09, 2022 8:44 pm Yeah, that's really irritating.

You can wrap a turn or two of tenon thread around the end of the flute, and then press the ring (which you just found under the dresser) back on the flute.
Nah. The rule is, you'll find it under the dresser as soon as you receive the new one and install it.
by Katharine
Wed Apr 27, 2022 6:54 pm
Forum: The Chiff and Fipple Poststructural Pub
Topic: Trees
Replies: 60
Views: 30506

Re: Trees

It all sounds perfectly lovely! This time of year is always good. If we get it at all, this is the time we get the nicest weather of the year, loads of flowers, the cuckoo calling. Raises great hope for the summer to come and a break from the regular bleakness. The mood usually lasts only a few wee...