Wilf 66

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (6 of 8)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 485,044 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 8
Fletcher Moss Park ~ Matthew Halsall
Fletcher Moss Park ~ Matthew Halsall
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Chill-Out, 10 July 2013
This album is the most mellow and chilled set of instrumental work I have heard... probably ever!

There is an oriental feel to the backing on some of the tracks, complimented wonderfully by the trumpet.

Matthew Halsall's trumpet playing is precise and spare, he doesn't waste a single note. There is no technical showing off for its own sake, just some beutiful tunes and harmonious solos.

The highlight of the album for me is 'The Sun in September' which features a flute solo by Lisa Mallett played on bansuri or a similar bamboo instrument from the mellow sound and the way she can bend the tones. It was hearing this on Jazz FM that sent me searching for the… Read more
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The story covers a great sweep of time and a disparate number of characters, some of whom it is hard to fit in to the story at first but Hosseini pulls it all together in the end.

I found that the book read almost like a series of interconnected short stories and lacked a little depth as I struggled to empathise with the characters but the background is fascinating and the exploration of various cultures is interesting.
Model CX303 C Major Professional Level Xiao Bamboo&hellip by carrotmusic
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really mellow tone, 21 Jun 2013
The instrument arrived much more quickly than the estimate, well packaged and in good condition.

It took a couple of days to get the embouchure right but now I really enjoy playing it.

Tuning is +/- 95% but don't bother with the fingering charts as none of them seemed to match the fingering on the instrument! The best approach is to get a tuner app and play to that, then you can see exactly what you are playing, after that it's pretty straight forward.

I have the C-Major model and, on this the fingering is broadly similar to my silver flute with a couple of variations.

If you are looking to buy a xiao then I would recommend one of these.