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About Halifax

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  • Birthday 03/25/1968

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    Selling my long-neglected French Horn. Buying a concertina so I can play Irish trad.
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    New England and Canada

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  1. Halifax

    Tricks To Cover Up Mistakes

    Smile beatifically. Like it was an inside joke and whoever noticed is in on it. Nobody's keeping score. (I hope.) cdm
  2. Halifax

    Pop Up Ads

    Google has some misinformation on me. I'm getting ads for cute clothes for women (okay, makes sense) and cute Asian women for dating (erm, no thanks...).
  3. Halifax

    Routine Maintenance

    I asked the same question when I got my Morse. I was told NOT to not oil the leather bellows because the oil could seep into and destroy the card stock that gives the leather shape. Do use one of those soft cleaning cloths (chamois?) to wipe the dust out of the bellows once in a while. Don't play and eat Doritos or anything else that will affect the finish on the wood. (Also because, ew. Doritos.)
  4. Halifax

    Aisling Ghear - Noel Hill

    Thanks for the url, Bill. Watched it last night; it's a beautiful film.
  5. Halifax

    A Touch Of Clare

    Thanks for the tip, Peter, I will certainly check out the library! Christine
  6. Halifax

    A Touch Of Clare

    I think it was you, Peter, who introduced me to the ITMA and the music files they have available. Do you have any insight on why they might not acquire out-of-print albums? Is it a matter of copyright? Or perhaps they have such albums in their collection, but just not available for listening online? Apologies if I'm going too far off topic. Christine
  7. Halifax

    Irish Music On Wheatstone System?

    I am not anywhere near being a top player, but I play on the Wheatstone system and I've considered having a few keys changed out to make playing tunes in D maj easier. My next concertina will have a Jeffries layout. Christine
  8. Halifax

    North America Workshops In 2018

    Mr. Heathen: If you want to expand your geographical search, the Boxwood Festival in Nova Scotia has a concertina teacher this year (Mairead Hurley). July 22 - 28. http://www.boxwood.org/canada_register ---Christine
  9. Halifax

    Concertina Icon (@met_Musical)

    I'm guessing they chose it in part because it fits nicely into a square and fills up the space. Harpsichords are too leggy and most stringed instruments are too long. That squat concertina with its intricate end designs and bellows papers is perfect! Christine
  10. Halifax

    Right Elbow Soreness

    Hey, Breve: I am not a doctor or anything close, but you want to watch those repetitive motion injuries. You want to keep the swelling down, so before a long session, you might take an anti-inflammatory (like Advil) and after a long session, ice your elbow (best thing is a package of frozen peas wrapped in a towel---you don't want to freeze the skin). Also, it's very chic these days to support strained muscles and joints with KT tape. My daughter uses it to help prevent injuries to her feet (she's a percussive dancer) and it seems to help. Plus, at $15 per roll, I feel like I'm helping the economy. Here's some info on taping your elbow: https://www.livestrong.com/article/265398-taping-technique-for-tennis-elbow/ If it keeps bothering you, talk to your doctor; she may give you a referral to a physiotherapist. Best, of luck, Christine
  11. Halifax

    Cuteness Overload

    They were probably waiting for you to play scales.
  12. Halifax

    Bad Habits

    A good habit I've discovered is to schedule small house sessions with one or two other musicians---and not necessarily concertina players. Playing in small groups exposes the weak bits of tunes you thought you had a good grasp on; thus letting you know what you need to work on. One of my bad habits is depending too much on the button accordion player in our larger Wednesday night session. When I play next to her, I can hide my mistakes and after a pint and a session, I can convince myself that I'm pretty good!
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    Bad Habits

    I am loving this topic! I'm making a note of all my bad habits that I've got to fix. At least I know I'm holding the concertina right-side up!
  14. "Cracked reed" was what I heard in the retelling. It is possible that the word "pan" was lost along the way. You know what happens to stories. In the next retelling, there will be a bear involved.