Unfortunately all subjects have their own language, and acoustic instruments are no different.
Folk descriptions can be confusing since sometimes they don't translate directly from one instrument to another, such as 'crann'.
f=fiddle. w=whistle. fl=flute. b=bodhran, g=guitar
- Air/aire/ayre Often free flowing melodic song as a tune sometimes extemporized.
- Alternate style A fingerstyle(g) sometimes used to describe Thumb, Index, Thumb, Big.
Americans called this simply 'finger picking' (spanish guitar P,I,P,M)
- Attack Striking, playing or singing a note with determiation, emphasis and projection.
- Backbeat /off beat. In 4/4 common time (beats 1,2,3,4) the emphasis is on beats 2 and 4.
- Bluegrass a form of American roots music, and a related genre of country music. Influenced by the music
of Appalachia, Bluegrass has mixed roots in Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English traditional music. (wiki)
- Bottom String That which is lowest in pitch.
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