well Ptarm, thanks for the nice video, and the lovely playing... and your efforts to make our friends on the Session site get out of their - how could we say, reject? racism? of the HD... As I play a lot of Scottish music on hackbrett, my advice is one of a fan, quite addicted to playing scottish music on HD (or hackbrett...). Just listen to Jim Cooper... and John Rea, with all the Scottisch-influenced music of Antrim... I find it works really well for Strathspeys and Flings : the Scottisch Snap sounds really good, and - to my point of view ! the sustain adds to the charm of the music ! We're preparing a program of Burns songs, not the most known ones, but some with really aulde melodies, and it's just marvelous on Hackbrett... anyway, I think and affirm that any music is great on our instrument... as long as it's well played, with feeling... there, that's what we call "a cry of the heart" ?
Someday I need to work up the courage to post a piece or two on the web but currently I'm just trying to get some of my technique "chops" back after a long hiatus.
I hadn't thought about playing Scottish pieces, in a Scottish voicing. They certainly sound good. Maybe I'll work on a few though I need to be vigilant, because if I am not my "Miss McLeod's" starts sounding like "Have You Ever Seen the Devil, Uncle Joe". Yes, sir same tune, different sound. I probably need more exposure to the genre. I think I'll start by researching the musicians Nikita mentioned, Jim Cooper and John Rea.
Anyway, thanks for posting those, and the Irish pieces.
Ed, if you want to get recordings of Jim Cooper, you'll have to go to : www.forest-tracks.co.uk Paul Marsh who owns the label, is a great chap. and the playing of Jim Cooper is just wonderful. He plays also funny things like Cha-Chas, harry lime theme, along with scottish and irish tunes...
I think that you are doing just fine in your "vacuum". Even here in the USA I believe that most players are more self taught than not. I think, though, that there are more festivals here, hence more workshops with some very accomplished amateurs and professionals.
I also do not believe that "speed" is the best approach to presenting a tune. There are some reels and hornpipes that sound quite nice, to my ear at least, when played at a more stately pace, especially on an hammered dulcimer. Similarly there are some jigs that I think work nicely as waltzes.