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  1. I spent a long time going to workshops and relearning each time.

    Arriving at Noels, I was thrown into the advanced set so had to learn his method on the hoof in a morning. Even as a very able musician, I found it one hell of a challenge - he is quite a hard taskmaster and doesn't let anyone slack - he can always see one person using the bellows the wrong way in a group.

    I haven't had time to visit since, but he left me enough hard tunes and ideas for a good eighteen months or two years further study and practise.

    His method is very logical and although he did break his own rules by the second day he always gave a good reason to do it - those are the many little tricks of easier fingering to pick up.

    All in all, a great time - hopefully going 2009.

  2. My Grandfather told me some WW1 pilots used to take bricks and rocks up and when they ran out of bullets, used to lob rocks out of the plane at Germans. He also said they used to wave at the German pilots to arrange to go off and refuel then come back and continue.

    He didn't spend any Christmases there but spent his 21st birthday at the front, and thankfully did come back.


    A Peacefull Christmas to one and all !

  3. You need to use a slower-down package to listen to some of the more "florid" players, and don't forget they use variations, so the tune is slightly different each time around.

    I recomend listening to Mary MacNamara if you want slower, with minimum ornaments (or some of the older-style players e.g. Mrs Crotty, Kitty Hayes etc).

  4. Its easiest to learn "sticky" tunes - if you hear a tune and some of it is still in your head the next day, thats a "sticky" tune.

    (As opposed to Shooting, Adderbury - thats a "stick" tune).


    Learning tunes tunes away from the instrument i.e. memorising, is one thing - learning how to cross-finger tunes you have already memorised is a separate exercise again.

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