Ofer Hopstone Groman
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Town
Tel Aviv
Your County or State
Israel
What Instrument ( inc Voice ) Do You Play ?
Whistle, Pipes, Box, Bodhran
What level are you at ?
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Ofer Hopstone Groman's Discussions

Practicing and learning tunes as a fresh parent..

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brid Clarke Mar 20, 2012. 1 Reply

I've been playing the box for about a year now and recently became a parent to a beautiful little girl.She's a month and a half old now and so far it's been quite a challenge to creep into the music…Continue

Boy and Girl by Solas

Started Dec 10, 2011 0 Replies

Heya everyone.. I'm currently learning this tune on my B/C accordion and if you put aside the "How the hell do I count this?!!" it's pretty much fun!The only problem is I can't seem to get the chord…Continue

Tags: irregular, beat, tune, girl, boy

Recommend Quebecois bands

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Hall Nov 24, 2011. 5 Replies

I personally love Quebecois music, especially their footwork. It's interesting to listen to bands like "La Bottine Souriante" that incorporate Irish tunes into their sets. I also like "Genticorum" -…Continue

Tags: free, fiddle, pipes, uilleann, online

David Munnelly's thumb technique

Started Aug 5, 2011 0 Replies

So.. I still have serious tendon pain in the thumb that prevents me from playing the boxand I've discovered that David Munnelly always plays with his thumb -behind-the buttons and not on the…Continue

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About Me

I fell in love with trad-Irish music when I was 19. It was a time when Irish music was quite popular here.. we had tons of festivals, many bands and artists were performing (Dervish, John McSherry and more).

Back then I got myself a Waltons Bodhran and a Generation crooked whistle. After quickly figuring out "this is the music I want to play for the rest of my life" I started to dig deeper into the genre, discovering Planxty, Lunasa, Bothy Band, Dervish, Danu..

As the years went by I got better Bodhrans (O'kane, White) and better whistles
(Dixon, Sindt, Chieftains..). I also bought myself a second hand set of Uilleann Pipes (Ray Sloan) and after two years of practicing I sold that set and finally got myself
an Andreas Rogge set. About 4 months ago I got my Saltarelle B/C Box
and I believe that is the only instrument I ever want to play on.

Israel only has 1 active session in a little Irish pub in Tel-Aviv. The entire community of Irish players contains about 15-20 active players.. It's an interesting challenge, but you make the best of it and hope to save enough money to get back to Ireland and go straight to Doolin :)

But enough about me! What about you?? :)

Latest Activity

Ofer Hopstone Groman replied to Eric Segret's discussion Open Whistle - new concept of low whistle
"Very interesting and refreshing! This kind of reminds me of the Persian Ney - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFdLvzjADZ4&feature=related"
Apr 25, 2012
Brid Clarke replied to Ofer Hopstone Groman's discussion Practicing and learning tunes as a fresh parent..
"I don't, I hardly ever play anymore, maybe once ever couple of months if I am lucky. Parenthood will do that to you! But you still only have one, get the tunes in before you have more! "
Mar 20, 2012
Ofer Hopstone Groman commented on Jim Dorans (Worldfiddler)'s video
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Tom Billy's Jig

"Wonderful playing! It's always fun to see guitar players in the pub get confused on the B part.. :)"
Mar 18, 2012
Ofer Hopstone Groman posted a discussion

Practicing and learning tunes as a fresh parent..

I've been playing the box for about a year now and recently became a parent to a beautiful little girl.She's a month and a half old now and so far it's been quite a challenge to creep into the music room and belch out a tune or two.How do you guys do it? How do you manage to take care of your child and find time to practice?See More
Mar 18, 2012
Ofer Hopstone Groman replied to Anton Emery's discussion Low F Whistles in the group Whistlin' high and low
"I actually had a wonderful black "Reviol", made in New-Zealand. As far as I can remember, it's not too pricey too."
Dec 16, 2011
Ofer Hopstone Groman posted a discussion

Boy and Girl by Solas

Heya everyone.. I'm currently learning this tune on my B/C accordion and if you put aside the "How the hell do I count this?!!" it's pretty much fun!The only problem is I can't seem to get the chord sequence for this one..Can anyone help?Thanks! :)See More
Dec 10, 2011
Brid Clarke replied to Ofer Hopstone Groman's discussion Recommend Quebecois bands
"Wow - brilliant! "
Nov 23, 2011
Ofer Hopstone Groman replied to Ofer Hopstone Groman's discussion Recommend Quebecois bands
"Sure! My favorite piece from "La Bottine Souriante" is "Reel du Forgeron".I couldn't find any youtube for it, but I found it on Myspace:…"
Nov 23, 2011
Tony Lawless replied to Ofer Hopstone Groman's discussion Recommend Quebecois bands
"I'm learning a lot here tonight Ofer. Can you embed a few videos or put up a few links so I get an idea what you are referring to. Then I can tell you if I like it or not. Cheers"
Nov 22, 2011
Brid Clarke replied to Ofer Hopstone Groman's discussion Recommend Quebecois bands
"I like Genticorum too - have had tunes with pascal in my kitchen - was great craic! I admit, I don't know much about the genre, but I like it when I hear it! "
Nov 22, 2011
Ofer Hopstone Groman replied to Brid Clarke's discussion Do you like modern/Trazz tunes/Bands?
"I usually listen to bands like Kila, Flook, Beoga, AfroCelts, Shooglenifty..Also, anything that comes out of Michael Mcgoldrick is gold.I always try to find bands that can take itm and enrich it, without damaging the tunes or ruining their original…"
Nov 22, 2011
Ofer Hopstone Groman posted a discussion

Recommend Quebecois bands

I personally love Quebecois music, especially their footwork. It's interesting to listen to bands like "La Bottine Souriante" that incorporate Irish tunes into their sets. I also like "Genticorum" - Their fiddler, pascal, is amazing and inspiring. I admit it's somewhat off-topic, but I believe it doesn't stray away too far from ITM.So, does anyone else here listens to this genre? Any recommendations?See More
Nov 22, 2011
Tony Lawless replied to Ofer Hopstone Groman's discussion Can anyone recommend tunes that are best fit for the B/C box? in the group 2 row box
Nov 22, 2011
seamus tiernan replied to Ofer Hopstone Groman's discussion Can anyone recommend tunes that are best fit for the B/C box? in the group 2 row box
"The new moan meadow and the yellow tinker sound very well on thee b/c style."
Nov 22, 2011
Ofer Hopstone Groman updated their profile
Nov 22, 2011

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