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  1. I guess that should have been West "by God" Virginia. I hope this makes it onto the thread! Things have really changed since I was around about a year ago. Yeah, I'm still playing hard with my band with all the same members. That's pretty uncommon...to retain the same members for that long. I've been doing alot of playing with the old time stuff lately. Did you guys hear about Melvin Wine dying. Terrible shame. For those of you who don't know Melvin, he was one of the really old timers around WV. Students from Europe even came to hear him play. He was in his 90's. As far as what are the standard Irish tunes...Gee, they all sound the same to me. You just tend to play fast in the key of D or A i thought. Fiddle Faddle...you going to Vandalia this year. I'll be there pickin the five string. I may play some fiddle too but mostly playing grass on the banjer.
  2. I've been gone for some time. As I look through about the last 5 pages I don't see anything about old time or irish fiddle. This place hasn't turned all classical has it? I see that fiddlefaddle is still here. Good to see another WVian still here. Any more WVians around here these days?
  3. Actually Kabal, Oldtimer is rightlot of folks out there that use the same mic for vocal and instrument. An they sound fine. They usually have a sound tech that does everything for them if they are doing a big show though. I've seen them do it a hundred times. It works. Sometimes it s the style of the music. He did say Bluegrass. Do some research and see how they used to ay on the radio. One mic for the whole band. It worked then, and some people still loothat old style sound. Some don't want to mess with another mic. It's not wrong, just maybe not the best way. Crystal, if you are going to sing and play at the same time then you can use your mic. It is not true f-holes is going to cause you problems. I've stated this before. It may to learn a little more about how to use the tools of sound reinforcment ut it'll work fine. Look around...if f-holes caused that many problems, do you think all the pro's ould still use their old acoustic fiddles? Like I've said before...try a headset mic. Use one that set on the right side of your head and sits at the corner of your mouth. it'll pick up a little your fiddle but not enough to hurt. You'll get a mix for your your axe and one for the voice. being on the right it'll not et in the way of your instrument either. I've not been coming here as often as I used to so it will really do no good to argue with me.
  4. Crystal, I tend to agree with Russ. Choose what you want to do before looking into what you want it to look like. I've played some pretty nappy looking banjos that sound like a million bucks. One thing to consider. In general...if you're looking at a resonator banjo then most usually the heavier they are the better they will sound. This sually means they have a little better material in the tone ring. This will make them heavier and ring better. Clawhammer s indeed a rhythmic style. However, it can be very melodic. It's not just banging away on the thing. There is alot of melody there. 3 finger style and clawhammer have alot in common. They both use a great deal of rhythm...3 finger uses constant rolls and drones, and the clawhammer uses a steady downstroke (hammer) and the drone (claw). 3 finger is most of the time pretty dificult to learn. It's lie classical guitar, you have to train each finger to do something seperately. It's not like the Irish style of picking and trebling or the Dixie style of strumming. Bazouki's are kind of hard just because you're usually playing fiddle tunes. You tend to have to reach for that B note up there, or another note on the seventh fret (depending on tuning) and it can be a bit of a stretch.
  5. Transcribe is the very best program I've ever used for this application. I've sang its praises on this board many times. It's really only good for one thing...slowing down music recorded into the computer (or speeding up) and not changing pitch AT ALL. Depending on what kind of music you're doing on it, it can get a little scratchy. Like if you are playing Irish music through it you can here the friction of the bow during trebles. It is the best $40 I ever spent. The speed up capabilities are also good for working and practicing with a recording to work past performance tempo. you can easily get your CD's into the computer by getting one of those freeware CD rippers on download.com or something. I use a simple ripper called FreeRIP. Works every time...without fail. www.seventhstringsoftware.com The guy that puts it out is also really great. He emails you with all the latest updates and is super to deal with...if you ever even have to deal with him.
  6. Haven't been here for a while. I actually forgot about this post. Yankee...yes, there is one out there that copyrighted that silly name before we did. We got a cease and desist letter in the mail a few weeks ago. Nothing has come from it yet. I want a name that is very clever and catchy but not totally stupid. Really good names are hard to come by. I mean, this is going to be an expensive change if it happens. business cards, posters, banners, website, CD's, newspaper articles, former contact billing, and so on must be changed. the change alone will be in the thousands.
  7. I haven't been here for a while...new job and all. There may have been someone already cover this onthis thread though but here I go anyway... Toc, in the beggining of this thread you said you daresay anyone would be caught dead playing country. Just to defend all those closet case country players out there. I have made LOTS of money playing country gigs. Country is not that different from all that OT you play is it? Trust me it's not. Aside from the Shania Twain types who sell their music with a little flesh to boot some of these people are REALLY good. I played some auditions in Nashville a few years ago and found that your average street player is better than most people in the classical world. I won't be back for a while so you can all trash me while I'm gone I mean most are REALLY, REALLY good. Most of the really goof fiddle players play good grass and OT too. Not to mention the banjo players and the guitar players.
  8. UGGG! my band recorded this tune. But you have the waords right now.
  9. Bluegrass is not a spectator sport. Somebody's got to tilting the bottle don't they? Bluegrass is what you make it. Just cause' it's grass doesn't mean it goes at mach 10 all the time. There are plenty of ways to make it dancable. Depending on who you're playing with the music can go a number of ways. Some groups like to play loud and hard. Some soft and slow. I have to say, I have been hanging out with some of the better known OT players here in WV and my problem is that I already know alot of these tune from my BG rep. it's just in how you choose to play them. It's good for anyone to explore different ways to play. remember hopw you play all your OT tunes and remember how you play your BG tunes. I now play Irish, OT, and BG. I have a different style for each. play how you want to play and the heck with everyone else.
  10. Thank God, I think we may have to change the name of our band! I never really liked "Shenanigans!" It was really kind of a silly name to start with and that was what they were going for I think. I really don't like all those "have to name it this because it's Irish" names. Got any suggestions? I'm looking for really good names. The one my wife (a singer in the band) came up with was "Scarce Emerald" (the name of a dragon fly or something) pretty cool though I think. Anyone got anything really good?
  11. Honestly, I would rather pull my toenials out with a pair of pliers than play this song out. I've never gotten any interest out of the audience with it except for really old people and really young people. When you're playing out with a band, you really need to think about who you are playing to. Nothing against really old and really young, but I want to appeal to people my own age too. This song doesn't do it for them. They may think it's real "cute" the first time they hear it, but it's all over after that. Programming to your audience is a big thing. Songs like "Wind that shakes the Barley" and "suil a Rhun" speak to them more than this one does. Learn this one for your St. Paddy's day gig to make all those people that just want to hear Danny Boy happy.
  12. My band recorded this song on our first CD. It's real cute. Almost sickeningly cute. We throw Langstromes Pony in with it. I think, oh well, I can't remember the names of the stupid tunes anymore. Not near as much fun as the Irish songs that everyone dies in!
  13. All the pit gigs I ever did put all the brass onto one side just for the reason described above. I wouldn't go into a performance with a new pair of earplugs though. Wait until your next gig when you can rehearse in them too. There is a big difference when you plug up your ears. You lose air noise and ambient noise and it will close you in and if you're not ready for it then all can go awry. I would move my position in the pit or move out of the pit. That is what the conductor and manager are there for. All the ones I ever worked for bent over backwards for the strings. I was always the guitar/banjo player so I was stuck off in a corner by myself. Surely it bothers the person next to you as well. Get your section together and see what happems when you go as a section.
  14. You may be able to copy the track onto several different tracks and belnd them to build up the sound. But if it's really thin then you should just do it over. ALWAYS audition your sound before you record in full. Record a little bit and then go back and see how it sounds. This is how you get a good check on your mic placement. Also try two seperate mics on your violin. Put one on the instrument itself and then set one a little ways away. Or alot of folks are placing a mic underneath the instrument to get the "bottom sound". Your better off just doing it again than trying to get the other track to sound good. It needs to sound clean and clear and relatively full when it's recorded to get the full range out of it in mixing. You can also run through a pre-amp. Try some tube pre-amps to start with. They will lend themselves to a rich, full sound. Remember this...the better the sound going onto tape the better. The more you have to mess with it after it goes onto media....your not doing it right in the beginning.
  15. You know that if you record your metronome for about two minutes and then play it backwards you'll hear a little raspy voive saying "I am the devil...I am the devil...I am the devil" Honestly
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