| Thanks Stuart ;) If I start asking for ABCs for music from Enya, or Clannad
| or the one darn obnoxious tune that is repeated ad nauseum in Lord of the
| Dance THEN you should definitely, definitely be very worried about me and
| think about committing me to the psych ward. Until then I don't think it'll
| kill me to use a couple of tunes in ABC to help me out. Now I know you old
| masters out there would scoff at the idea but for beginners like me who
| can't quite keep up with Solas at 280 beats per minute being able to slow
| down the tune a bit is a lifesaver! Thanks again!
Hmmm ... Methinks it's time again to suggest a valuable tool for
every "trad" musician: Get yourwelf one of those tape recorders that
has both half speed and a fine speed control. Record something at the
high speed, play it back at half speed, and it's an octave lower. It
won't be quite in tune with your instrument, so you use the fine
speed control to fix that. (It's much faster than tuning your
instrument.) Of course, it also makes fiddles sound sorta like drunk
cellos, so you turn up the treble and ignore the wavery sound.
If you haven't listened to music this way, you'll be amazed at the
detail you can hear. You can pick up someone's version of a tune in
no time with this approach.
I know Marantz makes such a machine, and there are probably others. I
have a 20 year old Superscope (which was bought out by Marantz), and
although I don't use it a lot, it does get used a couple times a
month. If it ever dies, I'll have to go out and get a new one.