Questions that could be used in interviewing musicians.

1. When and why did you start playing?

2. Which instruments do you play?

3. What was the first tune(s) you learned?

4. Is your family musical?

5. Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

6. Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

7. Which famous musicians have you learned from?

8. Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?

9. Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.

10. What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

11. Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

12. Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?

13. Have you been in competitions? Fleadh's? Any prizes?

14. Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?

15. Do you play for dances? Step-dancers? Describe the differences.

16. How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

17. Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

18. What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

19. Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

20. How often and for how long do you practice?

21. What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

22. Do you teach music?

22. How do you balance your music with other obligations - mate, children, job?

The specific music questions and topics above are in addition to the standard name, address, age, places lived,
and other family and career data that you might obtain for completeness of documenting an individual.


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