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  1. But..... more often than not. It is a crutch and a band aid to distract from less than spectacular playing. I am not saying that there ain’t amazing players out there. And they are absolutely capable of playing at blistering speeds. But (again MY experience only) many that rely on flashy fastness are by and large not great or musical players. They tend to play A TON o f notes. Also tend to be incapable of playing fast quietly or slow at quiet or moderate volumes and overall tend to have no dynamics and okay everything all songs at the same speed. A slow song will tend to end up fast.. Most of my experience this tends to dealing with be guitar and keyboards..
  2. O It is not just (fill in the instrument) playing (fill in the genre). It is an epidemic. at some point some people (audience) started equating playing fast with “being an impressive player” and many people ran with it and it has been stupid ever since. imo/ iMe speed has become a huge crutch for many that has the place of musicality, subtlety, and all manner of any sort of dynamics or feel. in ITM specifically in many songs it seems like a dotted quarter has become an open challenge to all comers to stuff as many notes in as possible.
  3. How much of a difference is there between the beginner models and the mid price? Do they use the same parts? Just assembled not in China?
  4. The Norman is metal. The Lachenal is mahogany.
  5. Wolf, nice playing. It definitely sounds more honkey and like my AC.
  6. I am not even sure what model my Lachenal is. But am I generally correct in my judgement that it seems to be quiet? And there would be a substantial difference in stepping up to the 22?
  7. So here is the deal. I have a 48 Lachenal English, thank you Greg Jowasis! And I have an AC Norman C/G Anglo ( thank you Tim Tedrow). i got the AC first and just never got my arms around it. Later I picked up the English and it seems to be working. But as I get better, I notice that the Lachenal is substantially quieter. And even though it is steel reeds, it is significantly more mellow. Is this inherent to their respective instruments? As as I seem to be gravitating towards ITM, I don’t think the Lachenal would hold up in a session. Should I look at a different English? Posssibly trade both mine for a brighter English? the anglos is not getting a lot of attention lately, should I keep it and wait for me to come around to the Anglo again? thanks
  8. Ok, throwing this one out there as it is a long shot and starting some place. I have a Uilleann Pipes of Boston practice set. This is a delrin chanter in D, bellows and bag. looking to possibly trade for either a B/C box (double ray or something on those lines). Or maybe a duet.? the UP has officially beaten me... Time to share the pain and humiliation and let somebody else have a go on wrestling that octopus. Valuing the set at @ 1200-1500. If interested email me @ sean.casler@gmail.com' located near Worcester, Ma if anybody want to to meet up for a swap.
  9. Must post pics.. Or, we won't believe you.
  10. In contact with Greg and he has quite a few options. But just as a reality check. And another piece of help. he has a brass reed Wheatstone and a steel reed Lanchenal. I think I tend to like the mellower sound of brass. But it seems the consensus is go for steel.. is going brass generally a mistake and to be avoided? Thoughts?
  11. FWIW... I have been a Bass player for a very long time. And a different take from Muscle memory/ dexterity.. Scales are hugely important in a number of ways. But off the top of my head the two things that drive me nuts are 1. when learning or (more often) teaching a person a song, saying,"walk down from d to D" does not need to be explicitly spelled out and explained, Or I am going walk up from G to D, do the 3rds above. if the person understands the scale the song is in, then it does not need to be spelled out. And more importantly it is more likely that they will remember what the correct notes are. In the above example.. In C, the walk down would be d-c-b-a-g-f-e-D, In G d-c-b-a-g-f#-e-D, in D d-c#-b-a-g-f#-e-D, in A d-c#-b-a-g#-f#-e-D, etc... In my experience, the people that don't understand/ know the scales more often than not tend to not retain/ forget these things when "learning on the fly" and makes them less attractive to play with. 2. this may not really apply, but improvising, or in the Anglo/ Irish theme ornamentation and embellishments. When/ if there is not understanding of key or scale then when to play A-G-A, D-C-D vs A-G#-A, D-C#-D or A-G-A, D-C#-D.. Or, improvisers (generally guitar players) that try to play riffs they have learned over the same chord and don't realize/ can't understand why it does not sound "right".
  12. Hi (again) all, I have once again got the bug for an English. Way back, I had gotten a Jackie (or Jack not sure anymore). I liked it and it made quite a bit of sense to me. But I found that it just did not have enough range. One thing lead to another, I put it aside and I sold it. I now have the bug again. So, going into it with a bit more info. Any advice? A 48/56 key Stagi? I am assuming the Trinity College are not worth considering. Trying to stay in that sub $1k range. Button box has what looks like a nice used Lachenal but it is $1900.. Better to wait another 6months+ and go for something like that? Thanks! Sean
  13. seanc

    fs Jackie

    This is still available, Trades are of interest to me as well, What have you got? let's make a deal!!!
  14. If I didn't suck.. I'd do it.. that is local for me
  15. seanc

    fs Jackie

    Looking to sell my Jackie. In Northbridge, Mass. Asking $275 + shipping. In vg cond, with case and tutor book. Sticking with the anglo..
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