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    It still amazes me how you can learn so many tunes so quickly Jill !
    Still using that BC 35 pick ?
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    Wow, that Q8 looks pretty handy! Is your sound directly out of the Q8? It sounds really good, if that is straight out of the Q8 it is impressive. I am trying to get better and your replies and vids have been a very good motivator thanks, Jill! Maybe I should ask this in a different thread but I am curious about your triplets. How did you get so darn good at them! Any special exercises that got you going or pushed you on with them or was it all just serious woodshedding?
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    Still using that BC 35 pick ?
    Yes, still using a BC TPR35!
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    Wow, that Q8 looks pretty handy! Is your sound directly out of the Q8? It sounds really good, if that is straight out of the Q8 it is impressive. I am trying to get better and your replies and vids have been a very good motivator thanks, Jill! Maybe I should ask this in a different thread but I am curious about your triplets. How did you get so darn good at them! Any special exercises that got you going or pushed you on with them or was it all just serious woodshedding?
    I plug the Rode mics into the Q8 - the on board mic is pretty good, but it's even better running your own mics off it.

    Regarding the triplets, they always felt really natural for me to play from the get-go. My tenor banjo teacher at the time, Angelina Carberry, had me incorporating them into tunes right from the start, just playing them slowly so they never felt awkward or difficult to play. I used to warm up by playing scales but playing triplets for each note of the scale, and that helped too. The other thing is that folks tend to think that triplets are actually faster then they really are, so they rush them and then their timing gets off. Also it's important that your right hand is relaxed as tension kills triplets dead!
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    Great advice there, Jill, especially regarding the speed of the triplets. In Scottish music it is tempting to speed the triplets in Strathspeys and in the pipe marches, especially in the 6/8 marches - I know as I have to keep myself in check when playing those tunes! Playing along with fiddlers and for dancers is a big help in getting your timing consistent.
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    Week 37's tune is a lovely jig called "The Maid in the Green":

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    I am so jealous of those triplets! Seems I am making no progress at all! But it's a great tune and sounds most excellent! I find I hope you continue to post tunes after this year is over! I am finding I really look forward to the next post. Like when I was a kid waiting for the next episode of some tv show but it would only be on once a week Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bertotti View Post
    I am so jealous of those triplets! Seems I am making no progress at all! But it's a great tune and sounds most excellent! I find I hope you continue to post tunes after this year is over! I am finding I really look forward to the next post. Like when I was a kid waiting for the next episode of some tv show but it would only be on once a week Thanks again!
    I agree and Jill is amazing ! Very talented lady ! A very nice sounding Girouard oval also !
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    I am so jealous of those triplets! Seems I am making no progress at all! But it's a great tune and sounds most excellent! I find I hope you continue to post tunes after this year is over! I am finding I really look forward to the next post. Like when I was a kid waiting for the next episode of some tv show but it would only be on once a week Thanks again!
    Cheers John! If all goes to plan I'll be moving back to Ireland in the early Spring next year - not sure what my internet access will be like (living rurally) but I'm going to try to keep posting tunes, but it might have to be on a monthly basis rather than weekly, as I'll be very busy getting an organic farm/farm animal sanctuary started!
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    Cheers John! If all goes to plan I'll be moving back to Ireland in the early Spring next year - not sure what my internet access will be like (living rurally) but I'm going to try to keep posting tunes, but it might have to be on a monthly basis rather than weekly, as I'll be very busy getting an organic farm/farm animal sanctuary started!
    Sounds like a fun project good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill McAuley View Post
    Cheers John! If all goes to plan I'll be moving back to Ireland in the early Spring next year - not sure what my internet access will be like (living rurally) but I'm going to try to keep posting tunes, but it might have to be on a monthly basis rather than weekly, as I'll be very busy getting an organic farm/farm animal sanctuary started!
    Good luck to you Jill in your Ireland adventure/projects !
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    Jill, I don't know if you ever worked a farm but prepare yourself it is a lot of work! I'm on 5.5 acres and it is non stop. On the other hand, it is a load of fun to just sit on the porch and noodle around and funny how each animal has an instrument it likes or doesn't like. I have cats and some love the mandolin and will come and sit while I play and others shake their heads and leave, but, pull out the Martin 000 and they show up while the others leave. Birds will come and sit depending on the song. Just crazy and cool all at the same time.
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    Jill, I don't know if you ever worked a farm but prepare yourself it is a lot of work! I'm on 5.5 acres and it is non stop. On the other hand, it is a load of fun to just sit on the porch and noodle around and funny how each animal has an instrument it likes or doesn't like. I have cats and some love the mandolin and will come and sit while I play and others shake their heads and leave, but, pull out the Martin 000 and they show up while the others leave. Birds will come and sit depending on the song. Just crazy and cool all at the same time.
    When I was back home in July looking at properties I stayed for a few days with pals in Co. Clare, just outside of Kilkee - we were out behind the cottage playing some tunes one evening and the neighbor's donkeys joined in with us! I think we were playing The Clare Reel!
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    What a great piece of playing on that jig, Jill.

    Good luck with the new scheme and your return to Ireland in the spring. If you approach it with the same enthusiasm and expertise you devote to your music then I'm sure it will be a great success.
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    Oops, a week late with last week's tune, so here's the tune for Week 38: "The Piper's Chair", a jig learnt at a Marla Fibish workshop earlier this year:



    And Week 39's tune: "Up and About in the Morning", a jig learnt from Angelina Carberry years ago:

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    Hi Jill,

    Your tunes are beginning to inspire me to try to learn more Celtic music. Are these tunes all played from memory? Is there a written compilation [notation or tab] that can be found?

    Thanks again for all the posts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildpikr View Post
    Hi Jill,

    Your tunes are beginning to inspire me to try to learn more Celtic music. Are these tunes all played from memory? Is there a written compilation [notation or tab] that can be found?

    Thanks again for all the posts!
    Cheers Mike! I play all the tunes I know from memory, and learn them mostly by ear, though I occasionally use ABC's which I look up over on thesession.org (notation can be found there as well).
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    Cheers Mike! I play all the tunes I know from memory, and learn them mostly by ear, though I occasionally use ABC's which I look up over on thesession.org (notation can be found there as well).
    Thanks for the reply Jill. I've never been to thesession.org - might need to go lurking for awhile. I forgot to mention that I plan on using your videos as tutorials so maybe the learn by ear approach might be better...time will tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildpikr View Post
    Thanks for the reply Jill. I've never been to thesession.org - might need to go lurking for awhile. I forgot to mention that I plan on using your videos as tutorials so maybe the learn by ear approach might be better...time will tell.
    You can always use the slow down feature on Youtube which I find helpful when learning tunes by ear.
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    Week 40 of the Tune A Week project - only 12 weeks left! Here's a reel for ye, "The Crib of Perches"

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    Thanks for all your tunes Jill, I’m not sure if I can learn them all but I’ll give The Piper’s Chair a go. Really nice, thanks.
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    GREAT! I just realised these are all on youtube so I subscribed. Maybe now I can learn some!
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    Jill you did this last tune on YouTube with a banjo also, what banjo is it? Sounded really good also.
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    Jill you did this last tune on YouTube with a banjo also, what banjo is it? Sounded really good also.
    Cheers John, I have a JP Whitechapel tenor banjo - it's an open back with arch top tone ring(the tone ring is made from bell brass from the now closed Whitechapel foundry in London), made by Jim Patton in Liverpool - awesome banjos, folks like Angela Usher, John Carty, Maggie Carty, Alan Reid and Stevie Dunne play them, hands down the best tenor banjo I've ever played, still can't believe I own one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill McAuley View Post
    Cheers John, I have a JP Whitechapel tenor banjo - it's an open back with arch top tone ring(the tone ring is made from bell brass from the now closed Whitechapel foundry in London), made by Jim Patton in Liverpool - awesome banjos, folks like Angela Usher, John Carty, Maggie Carty, Alan Reid and Stevie Dunne play them, hands down the best tenor banjo I've ever played, still can't believe I own one!
    I should know better than to ask questions you have just given me
    An entirely new subject to research. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a tenor banjo or arched top banjo. I am completely clueless and the ar h top really has my interest! Thanks!
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