Excerpts from mail: 1-Jun-94 Old time music by Cathy [log in to unmask]
> I would love to play old time fiddle but afraid it would
> distract me from Irish--the rhythms are different, and
> I know few people who can play in both styles without
> some of the flavor of the other bleeding through. And
> fiddle is so delicate, the balance of the bow, etc, it's
> taken me 15 years to even hold it the way it needs to be
> held for Irish music.
Although I don't play old-time (but am a huge fan and have a brother who
does), I've noticed that the people who play successfully in both idioms
tend to do it on different instruments (e.g., flute for Irish, banjo for
old-time). Decreases the problem of bleed-through.