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  1. This looks brilliant, some really good workshops going on and because it's online I can actually make it!
  2. Love the first one, tempted to try and find a reasonably priced Anglo and have a go at learning it....
  3. I can recommend OAIM, I've done a couple of their courses and found them really helpful
  4. I love the rounded corners on these, seems to make so much sense. Far more touchy feely.
  5. My dad made his own straps out of an old belt - seems to work quite well.
  6. I've recently started warming up my hands properly before playing, and I really mean "properly"!! I've got a sequence of about 6 or 7 exercises I do religiously before I pick up the box. Since starting I've noticed considerably less joint pain. So the warming up prevents the pain, and the playing / practise keeps my brain exercised.
  7. I love this: {::} }}}} } Thanks for sharing that.
  8. I think that's a brilliant idea RAc. I'll try and record something appropriate this weekend and upload a link here. I'm happy to fiddle about mixing tracks too, pretty sure I have the necessary software / motivation! I'll then share the results on here.
  9. Playing music is my meditation, so the tune "Catharsis" seems appropriate.
  10. Thanks for sharing all those links Bruce, super helpful!
  11. I'm really surprised at this, I'd have thought once the delay had been taken into account i.e. the call has started, it would be consistent? I'm going to have to have a go...see if it works. How did you get on Andrew? Any joy? What software were you using?
  12. I don't think I can offer anything new to all the brilliant comments above, just to say it's all about "purposeful practise". By all means play, and enjoy playing the tunes you know already, but you'll grow as a player by learning new tunes. Someone suggested learning them in your head before you pick up your instrument - good advice. I learned literally thousands of tunes by ear, only referring to music if there's a particular phrase I can't hear clearly. The main thing though is to enjoy it, and play with others if you can. Good luck!
  13. You could always ditch Microshaft Windows? Sorry...probably not helpful (I'm a mac user)
  14. From about 10 years of playing for Scottish Ceilidhs, the only dance I can remember that was anything other than a number of tunes in a set played twice through each was the Eightsome. For that we stuck an extra A on the start and a B on the end (I think...if that adds up?). All the other dancers we'd look at how drunk or tired the dancers were and end it either after twice through the whole set (normally 3 tunes) or at the end of the tune we were on when someone nodded or waved a leg in the air. Unless you're playing for specific set dances where it needs to resolve I wouldn't worry. Oh and it's worth pointing out that a lot of our dances were couple dances to it didn't matter so much how many times you went through it.
  15. Chimère is absolutely beautiful!! Need to learn this tune now, anyone have the dots for it?
  16. Brilliant - nothing like getting told off in a hotel lobby like naughty schoolchildren!
  17. One of my favourite players - thanks for sharing the video!
  18. Thanks Robin, I'll take a look. Still interested in the tune book though, I'm always up for adding to my collection! Ben
  19. Surely "altering" tunes is how they evolve / have evolved over the centuries? I personally find a tune / version of a tune I like then thesession.org is really useful for filling in the gaps where I can't work out what the notes are. I still end up playing the version I like though. Comhaltas is a favourite of mine for new tunes.
  20. Well I'm a CBA player who would just love to learn Anglo so if this book comes together I'd definitely buy one. I agree with one of the previous posters in that there are stacks of books of tunes, it's the "how to" part I'd need. I learned to play CBA by myself as there's precious little literature around for that too.
  21. Hi Robin, You may already have tried this but I just played it into TunePal and nothing came up so hopefully someone else on here will know. Lovely tune though. Ben
  22. Sadly I find in some of my local sessions there are either badly tuned instruments or badly tuned ears on the players so the actual instrument tuning is the least of my worries.
  23. Thanks Simon, working as hard as I can considering this is currently a spare time venture. Keep up the vlogs - loving watching them
  24. I'd love to make some Wheatstone ones too, but since they're still in business I'd need their permission - and I don't have that yet sadly. I'm working on it though...
  25. Hi all, I just wanted to do a shameless plug for my new website which sells folk music related clothing. I've spent the past 9 months building this up in my spare time, getting in touch with instrument makers and bands who I like listening to, asking if I can print clothes with their logos etc on. I reckon it's going ok, but check out some of the links and see what we've got: Instrument makers Saltarelle Clothing Castagnari Clothing Lachenal Clothing Manfrini Clothing Serenellini Clothing Bands https://www.mudchutney.co.uk/bands/ (adding more as often as I get time - some biggies coming soon too!) I'd love to hear any feedback or ideas / suggestions, but please be (relatively) kind, I've not been doing this that long
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