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by cassidybole
Mon Aug 21, 2023 5:59 am
Forum: Irish Traditional Music Forum
Topic: 'B', Cormac Begley's Bass Concertina album
Replies: 6
Views: 4131

Re: 'B', Cormac Begley's Bass Concertina album

What a remarkable experience! The convergence of dance, music, and cultural heritage sounds captivating. The collaboration between contemporary dancers, musicians, and Cormac Begley's concertina must have been mesmerizing. A standing ovation speaks volumes about its impact. Thanks for sharing, and I...
by cassidybole
Thu Aug 17, 2023 10:33 pm
Forum: Traditional String Instruments
Topic: ISI Aceto Violin Neck Strap
Replies: 2
Views: 3127

Re: ISI Aceto Violin Neck Strap

Hello, Regarding the ISI Aceto Violin Neck Strap, it's always good to hear from fellow musicians who have firsthand experience. If anyone has used this product, their insights could be valuable in helping you make an informed decision. You might want to check out online reviews or music forums for m...
by cassidybole
Thu Aug 17, 2023 1:29 am
Forum: Traditional String Instruments
Topic: 5-string banjo players - Irish music
Replies: 6
Views: 9989

Re: 5-string banjo players - Irish music

Sure thing! Check out Kieran Hanrahan, Enda Scahill, Mick Moloney, Gerry O'Connor, and We Banjo 3 for great Irish banjo tunes. Enjoy the music!
by cassidybole
Wed Aug 16, 2023 1:09 am
Forum: Traditional String Instruments
Topic: damping 5th string on a Banjo
Replies: 1
Views: 3143

Re: damping 5th string on a Banjo

Hello there, Damping the 5th string on your open-back banjo is a great idea for achieving the desired balance. Using a piece of sponge or foam near the bridge can work well for softening the drone string's volume. Adjusting your technique and finger placement can also help you control the string's v...
by cassidybole
Mon Aug 14, 2023 11:19 pm
Forum: Free Reed Instruments: Squeezeboxes and Harmonicas.
Topic: What's a good b/c accordion for a beginner?
Replies: 3
Views: 31148

Re: What's a good b/c accordion for a beginner?

Certainly! For a beginner, I'd recommend considering the Hohner Panther or the Scarlatti 31-button accordion. They offer a good balance of quality and affordability. Make sure to try them out if possible to see which suits your preferences. Happy playing!
by cassidybole
Thu Aug 10, 2023 3:14 am
Forum: Irish Traditional Music Forum
Topic: Bodhran?
Replies: 18
Views: 9955

Re: Bodhran?

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Of course! When seeking an affordable bodhran, consider brands like Waltons, Roosebeck, or McNeela. They offer decent quality without breaking the bank. Check reviews and sizes to match your preference.
by cassidybole
Wed Aug 09, 2023 12:13 am
Forum: Irish Traditional Music Forum
Topic: A few bodhran questions
Replies: 6
Views: 10093

Re: A few bodhran questions

[Thread revival. - Mod] Hey there, welcome back! Sorry about your Halpin. Regarding Robin Shackleton's drums, if you like his philosophy, go for it. For size, 16x6" might be too big, consider balance. Concave shells seem unique, reach out to him for insights. Good luck with your Kerry-style pl...
by cassidybole
Fri Aug 04, 2023 2:43 am
Forum: Traditional String Instruments
Topic: Mandolin
Replies: 7
Views: 22391

Re: Mandolin

[Thread revival. - Mod] Accompanying fiddle tunes on mandolin can be rewarding. Your background in bagpipes and your wife's violin skills will add a lovely dimension. For devising arrangements, focus on chord progressions that complement the melodies. Check out mandolin chord charts for various key...
by cassidybole
Wed Aug 02, 2023 7:12 pm
Forum: Flute Forum
Topic: Transitioning from keyless to keyed
Replies: 11
Views: 3365

Re: Transitioning from keyless to keyed

Using piper's grip could also set up a quest for a flute with a right hand Bb touch. Some makers have a double touch for either hand. I find playing a Bb in the traditional position a problem. Seems some people get it working, but not me. The RH-Bb removes the need for the left thumb to press that ...
by cassidybole
Wed Aug 02, 2023 5:18 am
Forum: The Trad Tech Forum
Topic: Looking for a bodhran APP
Replies: 3
Views: 30655

Re: Looking for a bodhran APP

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Sure thing! If you're looking for a bodhran app, there are a few available. "Bodhrán - The Irish Drum" and "Pocket Bodhrán" are popular options. They offer virtual bodhran experiences for practice and fun. Check them out on your app store!
by cassidybole
Mon Jul 31, 2023 10:57 pm
Forum: Free Reed Instruments: Squeezeboxes and Harmonicas.
Topic: Looking to learn concertina: suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 21111

Re: Looking to learn concertina: suggestions?

Exciting choice! Start with a beginner-friendly concertina, find a tutor, practice regularly, and enjoy the journey! Happy learning!
by cassidybole
Mon Jul 31, 2023 10:57 pm
Forum: Free Reed Instruments: Squeezeboxes and Harmonicas.
Topic: Looking to learn concertina: suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 21111

Re: Looking to learn concertina: suggestions?

Exciting choice! Start with a beginner-friendly concertina, find a tutor, practice regularly, and enjoy the journey! Happy learning!
by cassidybole
Tue Jul 25, 2023 7:03 am
Forum: Free Reed Instruments: Squeezeboxes and Harmonicas.
Topic: Looking to learn concertina: suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 21111

Re: Looking to learn concertina: suggestions?

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If you're new to playing musical instruments, it's essential to start with some basic music theory, such as reading sheet music, understanding rhythm, and familiarizing yourself with key signatures. This foundation will be beneficial as you progress with the concertina.
by cassidybole
Wed May 31, 2023 6:27 am
Forum: Flute Forum
Topic: What is an Irish Flute (3) - Irish Flute vs Boehm Flute - Timbre & Tone
Replies: 13
Views: 2633

Re: What is an Irish Flute (3) - Irish Flute vs Boehm Flute - Timbre & Tone

An Irish flute is a traditional wooden flute that is commonly used in Irish traditional music. It is a simple system flute, meaning it has six finger holes and no keys or mechanical mechanisms. The Irish flute is typically made of wood, such as African blackwood or rosewood, and it has a conical bor...
by cassidybole
Thu May 25, 2023 5:10 am
Forum: Flute Forum
Topic: What is an Irish Flute (4) - Hold/Grip and Keys
Replies: 19
Views: 4024

Re: What is an Irish Flute (4) - Hold/Grip and Keys

Whether or not you should use your pinky finger to stabilize/hold the Irish flute is a matter of personal preference and playing style. Some players find that using their pinky finger helps them to keep the flute in place and to play more smoothly. Others find that using their pinky finger restricts...