Learning by Ear

Trad music is very difficult, if not impossible to notate as played. For example, changes in bow pressure, subtleties of phrasing, ornaments, etc. There is standard notation for bow direction, but it’s rarely used for folk music. As with any style of contemporary folk music, and with early classical music, the written sources are nothing more than a rough indication of what actually gets played.

Ear LEARNING makes you a better player. Every player approaches a tune differently, and each repetition of the tune should aim to be unique. Learning by ear helps you become more attuned to these differences, and makes your own playing more varied and interesting. When you learn a tune by ear, the tune seems to enter a different part of your brain―the part that’s directly connected to sound and music.  Though reading music is a very useful skill, when you stare at a piece of paper while you play you’re taxing your brain, making it do visual processing, instead of aural processing. For some people the visual processing makes it almost impossible for them to do some or all of the following: listen to what you are playing, to listen to what others are playing,  pay attention to how you are handling your instrument, be cognizant of your body, draw the rhythm into your body.  When you play your eyes should be used to make contact other musicians or the audience. Staring at the dots on the page makes you oblivious to what is going on around you — just like walking and texting, or worse driving  and texting.

Source: Learning by Ear | Slowplayers.org

Slowplayers.org

Slowplayers.org: A Brief HistoryHello slowplayers past and present!  The original and continuing goal of slowplayers.org is to help you learn to play Irish Traditional Music — which includes traditional music with roots in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Skye, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney, the Shetland Islands, Wales, Cornwall, Northumberland, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Galicia and Asturias, as well as music of the diasporas: Canada (Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Vancouver Island), Australia (including Tasmania), and New Zealand.

Source: About this website | Slowplayers.org

Old Glasgow Pubs

Puby w Szkocji są jak domy kultury do których nie wpuszcza się nieletnich. Część pubów to miejsca celebrowania rozgrywek piłkarskich a część, to miejsca spotkań, śpiewu i muzykowania na nie tylko tradycyjnych instrumentach ale zawsze tradycyjnej muzyki.

Moje wizyty w Szkocji to w ciągu dnia podziwiane materialne dziedzictwo kulturowe a wieczory to socjalizacja w pubach.

Polecam tę stronę by poznać kulturę od strony baru:

Glasgow pubs are more than just drinking establishments. They are historic landmarks, the focal points for special occasions and, in the past, the meeting places for the city’s merchants, tobacco lords and many Glasgow societies. They are one of the oldest established businesses in Glasgow, occupying prominent sites throughout the city. In short, Glasgow’s pubs are an important part of the city’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.Hundreds of historic pubs have been lost following the City Council’s extensive redevelopment programmes from the 1950s, this is why it is important that a web site has been brought together to record all those lost and forgotten pubs.

Source: Home Page

Drouthy Neebors

Polecam zespół i płytę :), spędziłem z  nimi kilka godzin w pubie Captains w Edynburgu, przy piwie i fletach :).

Właśnie wydali swoje nagrania:

The journey to this, our first album, has been a truly enjoyable experience, involving collaborations with friends, fellow musicians, artists, and other bands. Through the stories and the tales told by the songs and their creators, we have reconnected with the history and rich traditions of Scotland, from Robert Burns to Dougie Maclean, from the past to the present. Many of the themes, whilst rooted in our nation’s past, have huge relevance in the present day. We hope you enjoy the end result – thank you for supporting us!
credits
released May 17, 2018

Alan Lumsden – guitar, bodhran and vocals
Chippy McFarlane – guitar, classical guitar and vocals
Steve Shields – low & high D whistles, flute, bodhran and vocals

Collaborating Artists

Dougie Mathieson – bass and keyboards
Mags Nisbet Macfarlane – backing vocals, & main vocals on „Sally Free & Easy”

Album sleeve artwork and design by Mags Nisbet Macfarlane

Recorded in Edinburgh at The Leith Recording Company
by Allan Moffat and Davie Blades

Eternal gratitude to our long suffering musical widows-
Debbie Halliday, Mags McFarlane, and Jocelyn Lumsden!

May 2018

Source: ▶︎ Drouthy Neebors

MacGregor’s Top 10 tips for a great music session

Sessions are where musicians come together to share tunes and songs. They are NOT performances, more a social gathering for fun.[…]
MacGregor’s Top 10 tips for a great music session
1. Sessions are social gatherings so take time to chat to one another, find out who is next to you and make friends.
2. It’s not a performance – it’s a chance to play tunes and hear new music. On the other hand, it’s not a practice session! If you don’t know it listen and learn – record it.
3. Don’t hog the space; share and interact.
4. Listening is just as important as playing.
5. Guitars and percussion – the key word is sensitivity!
6. Scottish music is full of variety – airs, waltzes, strathspeys, jigs, marches, reels and of course, songs!
7. Encourage each other to take the lead in a set. Try and get people to sing. Alternative songs and tunes are just superb fun and also challenge the musicians to listen and perhaps play along (sympathetically!!)
8. The best sessions are normally smaller in number. Take turns at coming in and out of the sessions. More than 5 and it can get messy and difficult to hear
9. If you are “leading” a session you are the glue, the person who encourages and cajoles but also has to have a quiet word with the session “belter” ( A belter is someone who plays through everything with little sensitivity or thought to the overall feel). With leadership comes responsibility!
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Source: MacGregor’s Bar Inverness | Music Sessions