Yes, and presumably some of the stringed instruments can capo or tune easily
enough to meet the less usual keys. I was thinking, though, that you might
be excluding some capable if non-pro pipers, for example, or box players, or
making their lives unusually difficult. Also, although we've discussed
keeping out the riff-raff, it takes little or no different ability to play a
flute or whistle tuned a half-step up. I would think it might be easier, in
fact, to play a low Eb on an Eb instrument than a low D on a D instrument,
for instance? (In other words, you wouldn't keep out some of the most
obvious "riff raff.") And that of course goes to your basic point. I, for
one, don't have an Eb flute. Then again, maybe some of my session cronies
would celebrate that, taking the Basil Fawlty view of me ...
Anyway, it sounds like Frank does the Eb session for a bit of a lark, which
sounds fun enough to me.
>From: Glauber Ribeiro Reply-To: Irish Traditional Music List To:
>[log in to unmask] Subject: Re: Eb session? Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008
>i believe when people have a "high" (Eb) or "low" (Db or C) session, they
>use instruments tuned accordingly, so for example, the flute player would
>be playing a flute tuned a semitone higher, so she'd be playing the tunes
>in D and G as usual, but they would sound Eb and Ab.
>Each tuning has its own timbral "personality", and the A=440Hz tuning we
>have today is a fairly recent thing. In the past, different areas of the
>world and even different kinds of ensembles has different tunings. Singers
>tend to prefer low tunings, string players like high tunings. Etc.
>Flutes seem to sound nicer and play easier in lower tunings too (A=415 or
>390Hz), until you reach the point where you can't stretch your fingers
>enough to cover the toneholes.
> > ------------------------------ > > Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 21:56:21
>+0000 > From: Jeffrey Miller > Subject: Re: Eb session? > > Interesting
>answers, all, and yes, Alan, a particularly informative one. > Andrea - I
>take your point, but if it's all pros playing, well, it ain't a > session,
>it's a concert? Even with a bit of theory and practice, on some > session
>instruments transposing a half-tone up can be a trick, no?