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    Re: Drunken Sailor

    It's a 5-part hornpipe. The first part is built on the same basic melodic theme but highly elaborated. The rest of the parts are quite different.
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    Re: Drunken Sailor

    Are you looking for the well known sea shanty ("What shall we do with the drunken sailor etc....") or the hornpipe of the same name (which is related to the song melody, but far more complex)?
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    Re: Sean Casey on mandolin

    I should add, Sean Keegan, that your playing followed close behind ;).
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    Re: Sean Casey on mandolin

    This is gold! Although I played with (or along to) Sean Casey in sessions many times, I only heard him play mandolin - my mandolin, in fact - once. (The only other instance of his playing I had ...
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    Re: Modal music (Balkan) on the mandolin

    Indeed. But, in fact, Misirlou is in a mode with two augmented 2nds (sometimes called 'double harmonic minor' but I am sure it has better name in Greek), which is not one of the traditional klezmer...
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    Re: The Blarney Pilgrim

    Admittedly, I am not much of a heavy metal connoisseur - it was just a convenient name that popped into my head. I hope I haven't offended your sensibilities too deeply ;) . But the rock lead guitar...
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    Re: The Blarney Pilgrim

    More Eddie van Halen than Eddie Furey. ;)
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    Re: Ornamentations in a Jig

    Sounding nice - and your self-appraisal seems fairly accurate. I would say, though, that I am not a fan of the little variation at 1:05, not even the first time round ;) - it deviates a little too...
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    Re: Any Penny Whistle Players here

    There's a clue in my username ;-) Although I play the whistle very rarely these days, I started learning the whistle and mandolin concurrently and continued to play both instruments on a more or...
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    Re: Cameronian Reel

    I think we must be. The fiddler to Martin Hayes' left, Mark Donnellan, is the single 'swingiest' fiddler I know in Irish music - I like to refer to him as 'The King of Swing'. But yes, maybe our...
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    Re: Cameronian Reel

    Without any swing?? I hear lots of swing in that Martin Hayes clip - and in the De Danann clip that I linked to. Perhaps we have different definitions of 'swing' but they are most definitely not...
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    Re: Cameronian Reel

    PH-Mando plays it in a bit of a hornpipey style but in structure, it's a very typical reel. It's unmistakably a reel the way these lads from Galway play it:

    https://youtu.be/VCUOI2mH5gg
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    Re: Reel picking

    That depends where 'here' is ;) . You're probably not the only one but I suspect you're in the minority. It seems awkward to me crossing from the A-string to the D-string with two successive...
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    Re: Reel picking

    Coming from an Irish direction, it seems to me that, if you're going to play two successive strokes in the same direction they might as well be two downstrokes, since that gets your picking back in...
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    Re: Reel picking

    Mick M.'s still one of the best! (...and Miss T. isn't all that bad either.)
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    Re: Reel picking

    Even 1.0mm seems heavy to me. I used a Jim Dunlop nylon 0.88mm for about 5 years until, one day, I was mistakenly bought a bunch of 0.73s. I got used to them and have continued to use them for 20...
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    Re: Reel picking

    Slurring notes on a plectrum instrument is not very effective for rhythmic playing - it is best to employ a pick-every-note policy. Hammer-ons and pull-offs can be used for ornamentation (like the...
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    Re: Reel picking

    There are differing opinions on this. What players generally strive for is for the downstrokes to fall mostly on the strong beats (i.e. 1,3,5 & 7 in a bar of 8 quavers*). As long as you are playing...
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    Re: Set lists for sessions?

    Don't be afraid to experiment with putting together your own sets. As has been said, it is safest to stick to one tune type (rhythm) within a set - a set of jigs, a set of reels etc.. But more or...
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    Re: Timing for Fleadh compition?

    Through in 4 categories? You must be doing something right;). Well done!
  21. Re: A weird typo or weird tuning? Low F# in The Frieze Breeches

    Googled it! ;-)

    Apparently, the revised edition was published in 1992 though. I have no idea how professional music publishers did their typesetting and printing at that point (no doubt nowadays...
  22. Re: A weird typo or weird tuning? Low F# in The Frieze Breeches

    This is a very common and easily overlooked type of error in abc notation, which becomes glaringly obvious when converted to staff notation. Whatever system of music typesetting Krassen was using in...
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    Re: Timing for Fleadh compition?

    I imagine dance competitions are much stricter on tempo than instrumental competitions. On the few occasions when I have accompanied stepdancers, they have been very specific about tempos.
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    Re: Timing for Fleadh compition?

    These are Packie Byrne's tempos, as in the image above:

    Jigs dotted quaver = 110-130
    Slip Jigs dotted quaver = 115
    Marches crotchet = 112-121
    Polkas crotchet => 123...
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    Re: Timing for Fleadh compition?

    To my knowledge, there are no strict rules set out for tempo in the fleadhs - it is assumed that competitors will know the idiom well enough to know what are suitable tempos for the different tune...
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