At 06:52 PM 9/28/98 +0300, Yuval wrote:
>I want to give my personal opinion on that subject:
>I agree that this is a stigma which is not based on reality, first the
>recorder is not a pre-band instrument and it is much more complicated
>than the tin-whistle for instance and also there is the Recorder player
>called Emma Christian which plays Manx music on a Recorder and oh, what
>sound and rhythm, I think people dont know enough about her playing yet.
I certainly agree with you there. Emma Christian is the most notable
exception, but just for the slow airs. Next month, when my credit card
isn't maxed out, I'm for-sure getting some of Christian's CDs.
I'm not particularly talented and somewhat hampered by starting in my
mid-30s, however, there are some reels and jigs that I can easily hit 150
bpm with on the recorder because I've played them about a thousand times
over. I'm thrilled whenever the session comes around to Morrisons or St.
My goal isn't to sound like whistle or pipes, though; I'm much more
attacted to harp (the left hand side?) and voice.
>The instrument do has an association with European art music but what
>about using a hurdy-gurdy or piano or harpsichord for Irish music which
>works great although it has the association you mentioned.
>Also the recorder is not so quiet, in many times it even more louder
>than the tin-whistle.
The recorder has evolved for more powerful low notes and sweeter high
notes. Look at Ralph Sweet's keyed whistles
(http://www.wwisp.com/~dwisely/sweetkey.html). How much more effort can
you make to keep from crossing over from whistle to recorder?
One of the big lessons I've learned from making making web sites --
whatever you do, some people will like it and some won't. Play for the
people who stop and listen. Don't go chasing those who walk by.
>The classical flute has much more fingering problems then the Irish
>flute, yet if one masters the classical flute's fingerings it works
>good in Irish music (see Joanny Madden for instance).
>This is at least what I thinks,
Every instrument carries it's own nature into the music. I'm pretty sure
that's why we have more than one kind of instrument.
It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is
Proverbs 25:27 (English-KJV)