Thursday, 25 October 2012

Chord Scale Generator

Chord Scale Generator is a program for MAC, Windows and Linux which helps you to find Chord Shapes and Scales on many fretted instruments. You can create alternative fingerings for more than 80 chords. You can translate between musical notation, tablatures and chord charts. It even provides a reverse chord finder. A demo version is available on the website. Also you can find screenshot and video-tutorials. Please comment, if you try it. Price is 21,95 €. Well, I would love to have it on my iPad so I can take it with me wherever I go.

Information for player in GDAE

Terry Bell created a website with lots of information for beginners who want to use GDAE tuning. Have a look, you'll find some useful things there.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

This year the "1st Paddy Keenan Uilleann Pipe Gathering" will take place during the Summer School. There will be lots of interesting Workshops (Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Fiddle, Tin Whistle, Gitarre, Bodhrán, Banjo, Mandoline, Concertina)Concerts and Sessions from August 5th until August 11th 2012 at the Naturfreundehaus in Elmstein.
Here is the promotional video:

The Irish Bouzouki Tutorial

It took a long time, but now it's available, the English translation of the Irish Bouzouki Tutorial, which was until now only available in German. Ralf P. Wackers did a great Job on that book. If you are new to the bouzouki or want to learn some more tricks have a look at it. It's made for all common tunings, GDAE, GDAD and ADAD.

As with the German version you can order it directly from Ralf on his website at:

There you can also view some preview pages.

Monday, 2 January 2012

The Ruby Sessions

I don't know exactly what the Ruby Sessions are, but they can be found at facebook:

Here are some videos in which Donal Lunny plays his lovely bouzouki:

The Factory Girl - Philip King and Donal Lunny:

Donal Lunny - Tribute To Peadar O'Donnell

Maria Doyle Kennedy with Donal Lunny and Kieran Kennedy

This is the youtube-channel of the Ruby Sessions:

Donal Lunny - Solo on Guitar Shaped Bouzouki

This is a video of Donal playing a solo on a guitar shaped bouzouki. Recorded in Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Fiddlefreak Folk Music Blog

Fiddlefreak is a blog on which you can find information about new recordings in the folk genre. Oftentimes with links to youtube videos or soundclips. A good way to inform about new music. You can find it here: