Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

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Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by tateharmann » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:55 pm

Here's a little excerpt from practice. Played with no nails on a Joseph Redman guitar strung up in Aquila Perla's.
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"One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them."

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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by amy3000 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:19 pm

Very nice Tate. I have this Nuttall book but haven't looked at it in a while. Thanks for reintroducing it to me. I'm wondering if you're playing the guitar you decided not to sell. I came by your place to try it out when it was for sale. Enjoy the sunshine today and happy new year.
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by tateharmann » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:43 am

amy3000 wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:19 pm
Very nice Tate. I have this Nuttall book but haven't looked at it in a while. Thanks for reintroducing it to me. I'm wondering if you're playing the guitar you decided not to sell. I came by your place to try it out when it was for sale. Enjoy the sunshine today and happy new year.
Hi Amy - thanks for the comments! I do remember that! A lot has changed since then:
1. I cut off my fingernails :)
2. I did a new setup on the guitar (plays much easier now)
3. The guitar made the trip to VA and back TWICE to get reviewed by Joseph and have some nagging hairline cracks repaired in the wenge back and sides.
4. I've also been experimenting a lot with different string materials, even real gut. This recording was made with Aquila Perla's which are made from a plant based sort of nylon.

These strings haven't been my favorite as of yet but they are passable - the gut really sounds wonderful on this guitar, especially playing without nails. And yes, this Nuttall book is great - it seems like every single piece has some catchy melodies.

How is the New World Player sounding? I remember it sounding great when you checked out this Redman.
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by amy3000 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:49 pm

I have a new New World Player. I went down to 615mm and to spruce. I like it a lot. I still have the other one but have not been playing it. I'll look forward to hearing more recordings form you.
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by tateharmann » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:10 pm

Thanks Amy! Spruce has been the way to go for me too - I haven't had a cedar guitar since like 5 guitars ago haha. I've also been thinking of investigating a smaller body guitar and maybe a shorter scale too. For me the smaller body would be the biggest factor, though. I hear it works better for playing without nails - brings out less of the boomy bits. Who knows it that's actually true or not, though.
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by lucy » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:34 pm

Very nice Tate! :)

I used to love playing The 12 Inventions!! :casque:

By the way, I agree about muffins. Actually, just eating one, sort of causes me to go quiet! :wink:
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by tateharmann » Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:08 am

Thanks Lucy!

Indeed - that's a funny quote from an Oscar Wilde play :)
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by Christopher Langley » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:56 pm

Beautiful!

I actually really like the tone you are getting here!
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by tateharmann » Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:08 am

Thanks Christopher!
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by 3quilibrium » Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:05 am

I love the clean sound of your notes. I'm still struggling to get many of my notes sounding crisp. One finger too near another string (causing that strange buzz), touching another string and deadening the sound, or not held down enough, etc. Still very much the flailing beginner, just strumming, but hoping to pluck a few good notes from the air when I improve. :)
I tried playing without a pick the other day. Oh my, was it such a mellow sound! It made using a pick seem incredibly harsh in comparison. It's also more difficult to get an even strum. But, it was warming. :)
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by tateharmann » Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:50 pm

Thanks for listening and the comments :)

You'll get there eventually. The pick can be very harsh indeed!

If you are bumping an adjacent string with a fretting finger you can try to come down more vertically (does that make sense?) on the fret. If you practice it a lot it will get easier.

There's also a chance that a guitar with a wider nut width and string spacing will make this easier for your hands. Is your guitar a 52mm nut width?
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by 3quilibrium » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:46 pm

Yes, it's 52mm. I am improving, and trying to improve my finger work on the frets. :)
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by martinardo » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:01 pm

Nice playing, tate. I really enjoyed that in this early Autumn morning here. Simple but beautiful tune,redolent with

Celtic atmosphere. The Team of Redman, Perla and Tate seem a winning combination. :wink:
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by tateharmann » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:40 pm

3quilibrium wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:46 pm
Yes, it's 52mm. I am improving, and trying to improve my finger work on the frets. :)

I'm sure there's an exercise somewhere for practicing this very thing...somewhere... :) keep it up!
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Re: Nuttall, Peter - Gaelic Song No. 1

Post by tateharmann » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:41 pm

martinardo wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:01 pm
Nice playing, tate. I really enjoyed that in this early Autumn morning here. Simple but beautiful tune,redolent with

Celtic atmosphere. The Team of Redman, Perla and Tate seem a winning combination. :wink:
Thanks!

I was playing through this last night again (I have Savarez White Labels on the Redman now). It's such a simple and beautiful tune - I may need to do a recording of the Gaelic Song No. 2 as well :)
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