Hi all, Recently I've been working on a new tune. Anybody heard of the tune :"I rowed in a dory"? It's a very interesting tune with a fast rhythm. I like playing fast tunes, they don't use as much air as the slow tunes. Recently I  played with some singers. What a difference This is where you use a lot of air, trying to keep up to them. Personally, I like playing jigs and reels. They're ageless.Another instrument I had the pleasure of playing with is:"The ugly stick". This is a contraption with a mop , beer caps nailed along the handle and a shoe nailed at the bottom. It is a rhythmic instrument used a little like spoons to maintain rhythm. The way it is used is: You bounce it on the floor and beat it on the handle with a stick.The name :"Ugly stick is due to the fact that at the top where the mop head is, they make a little head with a big nose... This is an instrument used in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. It adds up quite a lot to fast Irish or Scottish music. One of these days I'll send you a picture of yours truly playing with the Ugly stick as accompaniment. Best of the day to you

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I looked up that ugly stick, I'm quite sure it isn't only called ugly stick due to the mop head :P 

It does look and sound like a very flexibel rhythmic instrument, kudos to you for picking it up! Myself, I picked up the Irish Rhythm Bones because I wanted to work on my rhythm. 

I looked up I rowed in a dory, didn't know it before. Somehow reminds me of the very first Irish song I ever heard; Turkey in the straw, especially the first part.  Good luck with learning it!


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