Rest in peace John Phillips. You will be much missed and remembered.
Rest in peace, friend.
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I am indeed interested in playing traditional Irish music on the MD. I play 5-string banjo (old time), and know that, technically, I can play Irish music on it. Technically - it involves a lot of technical difficulty, and I'm not really sure that the 5-string banjo is the instrument for Irish tunes. Many would disagree, but I feel I'm missing out on playing other stuff I really like. I could try a tenor banjo, I suppose, but I saw, the MD and was intrigued. I then Youtubed and heard one, and thought that the sound was lovely. Not mine, though. At the moment mine is a 100 quid job and is not especially nice. I need to know whether I can get to grips with it before I can consider upgrading.
Any guidance is welcome. I have seen already that there is disagreement over whether to flat pick or drone, and I haven't a clue about the choices to make.
Thanks for befriending and messaging me. It's good to know that there are others in Englandland who are players.
Hi John. It sounds like we are about the same place in life, I retired a few years ago and now I want to get serious about building dulcimers. Also sounds like I got interested in them about the same time as you. I am also computer literate and enjoy programming. I have learned a lot by writing manuals and some programs. I get a greater understanding about scale length and fret placement by writing a program. That is why I was questioning you about the program. I am a linux user and learning to program in Python (just a beginner - code academy). I was just curious what language you used to write your program and if it is multi-platform.
Thanks again for responding
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Thank you for the kind words and also the neat information on Life's Railway! I love hearing about songs that may have been in other places and other times! I really appreciate you sharing!
Yes John those old albums were great and need to be taken out more often. The amount of great stuff that came out during the 70's was amazing . I find as soon as the needle hits the vinyl, memories of youthful frolics come flooding back, great times indeed.
John was playing a few tunes in DDc last night, a song from an early Tim Hart, Maddy Prior came to mind. Copshawhome Fair if you don't already play this tune I think it would really suit your lovely relaxed English style of playing.
Thanks John. :)
The Curra Road is a lovely tune. Thanks for posting it
John, The Curragh Road is beautiful and, as your music always is, beautifully played. (I especially love the end of the phrase that is unresolved!)
Looks interesting. I'm not too far away in Northolt.
Are there any singer's nights or floor spots as a rule?
John P, I expect there will be other "enchantments" in thePhrygianas well as other modes. It's a term I use for one-off modal improvisations that happen to get recorded. If I can just get my bandmate to repair his accordion, there may be a few more in this kind of arrangement even...
I am sure we will get to meet up .. in the new year when its a tad warmer would seem to be a good idea?