> In Message Wed, 1 Jun 1994 12:25:03 -0500,
> Edward A Beimborn <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> >neat tune to play in different styles. I have found that many times I
> >personally identify more with the Old-Timey or New England versions of Irish
> >tunes... Can't explain why, they have that raise-the-hair-on-the-back-of-the
> >neck sort of feel to them that sometimes I don't get from Celtic.
> Interesting. It's the opposite hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck phenomenon for
> me. Especially for Irish versions. Maybe it's my classical and
> renaissance music background? Maybe you grew up with more American folk
> music than I did.
It could be that I play the mandolin- many times I have noticed that a
plectral instrument is more suited for slides, stops, hammer-on/pull- off,
etc (the ornaments most suited for OT or NE playing). However, the other
thing that I really like is the expanded pallette of tune types- Like
Ragtime, shuffles, etc. I think that this really does dovetail nicely with
Irish type music as well-
Take the Celtic Fiddle festival for example. John McGann (guitarist) plays a
Rag for his break in the "Found Harmonium" set, and all play the shuffle
"Mouth of the Tobique" track. Does this sound a departure to the more loyal
What has proven a somewhat tender spot at our sessions lately is that
many of us like to play OT or French Candian things as well, sort of to
throw in some variety as we don't sing much. Well, about half of us are
Plectrum or fiddle, the other half pipes or whistles. The pipes and whistles
get very upset if we do OT or New England even though I think it works fine
on the pipes.
About styles not mixing well- I think that this isn't really true. I don't
think that it takes a huge leap of the mind to play in an unusual style- it
is like a new tune type. The first time you play a hornpipe, getting the
bounce takes a while. Then, getting the snap in a strathspey is hard, and so
is getting the even string of rapid notes for an OT reel. Ragtime is great
for improving your hornpipe skills. Try "The Dill Pickle" in the Fiddler's
Fakebook to see what I mean.
I think this is a great thread! Keep up the good ideas!
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