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About ALCO

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  • Birthday 04/26/1960

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    East Sussex, England.
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    Smoking my pipe, drinking coffee and playing my fiddle, all day, everyday.

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  1. I've had this conversation with a good friend who, like yourself learned from Irish fiddlers in the 60s/70s. Despite not being able to read music, he learned two pieces by ear from recordings, one each by Handel and Biber and put them on a couple of his albums. He played them as a fiddler and it seems to work. With little or no evidence to support it or otherwise, maybe it's not unreasonable to suppose that a form of what is known today as the Irish style of playing, was commonplace throughout the UK in the eighteenth century and that it was almost indistinguishable from what is known today as the baroque syle. Any difference would be determined by the skill of the fiddler and the context of their performance.
  2. Padraig O'Keefe, Master Fiddler from County Kerry, with a very strange bow.
  3. So true Stringy. Bill, it seems that my ears are not as finely tuned, because I thought it sounded fine. That is the result of 50 years of exposure to rock bands and in a past life, being a drummer in one.
  4. Hi palousian, Congratulations on achieving your goal. Have you retained any trace of your fiddling style when you play the Bach pieces, aside from the use of similar techniques? I do have a few decent bows that seldom get used because this one, that I only started using around twenty years ago as an 'in-joke' at a regular session I attended, very quickly became my favourite. With it's lightness and reduced width of hair, it is not dissimilar to a baroque bow. I do wonder how long it would have taken to bend so much. Maybe, showing it will get me banned from MN?!!
  5. I do find myself thinking the same way about various things, only to be pleasantly surprised. This is a poorly edited video of two performances she gave during a 90 minute radio interview and captured (with a couple of jumps) on the studio camera. Despite that, the audio is ok and it is good to see and hear her without all of the other requirements necessary for a concert or video production. Just brilliant fiddling!!
  6. Aha!! Thank you both for your help. I'm currently using a tablet but may be getting a pc soon. Here is my favourite violinist. I don't really like the video, but even if I did I would still always listen with my eyes closed. In all of her recordings, I feel that every note and every phrase is as near as it can be to perfection.
  7. Thank you Stringy. I followed those very clear and simple instructions but as always, when I do anything on computers, something entirely different happens!! I will keep on trying.
  8. I'm trying and failing to work out how to post videos. Please, can anyone help me? Thanks.
  9. Hi, Do you mean tunes to play, or songs to play and sing, or just music for listening to? What music do you like?
  10. I've got a book of the sonatas, but I've looked everywhere and they have vanished. Although, it's probably just as well, because if I found it, I'd only get frustrated (again) that I can't play it. However, I am slowly working through the Geminiani treatises, but only with my simple fiddler's perspective.
  11. ALCO


    I would never have thought that spray-guns were used. I have searched the web and found nothing about any inlaid markers on violins. I would have suggested it was merely a symmetric decoration, if it wasn't for the irregular spacing of the two highest dots. Maybe I'll have a crack at the Berg concerto.
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    Thanks for your comments, good people. Perfectly vernacular Jacob! J-G, it's a whole tone scale . There's not much call for it down my way but, as Rue has shown, it is a conversation starter. Yes deans and I'm delighted to discover that I actually have a cheap and nasty example of what I was enquiring about in my other thread. No labels or markings that I can see. But Violadamore, surely you must agree that those markers make this an interesting violin? Very interesting!! It was my first fiddle and I learned everything I know on it. Yeah, yeah, I know!! One last question: could it have been made in the nineteenth century or only, as Dave suggested, in the twentieth and if so, would that have been early on? Is that two questions?
  13. Hello, I would appreciate your opinions on this instrument that I believe is from Markneukirchen. If possible, I would like to know when it may have been made and it's quality grade. LoB 360mm. It doesn't have corner blocks. More than the above, it is the fingerboard markers that I would like to know about. I'm sorry about the quality of the photographs. Thank you, Ian.
  14. I was going to say that about the original topic, but thought that it doesn't matter. Swapping ideas is good. I'm impressed by those performances, but they don't inspire me to play in that way. I prefer the playing that was captured on field recordings, mainly in England but elsewhere too. There are a lot of great American fiddlers on Have a listen to 'P. T. Bell, Master Texas Fiddler'. Although it isn't 'old-time', there is some very good banjo playing on
  15. According to the Slang Dictionary, 'slay' can mean "to do something spectacularly well" particularly when it comes to fashion, artistic performance or self-confidence. Carry on slaying!!