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    Sea Of Thieves Sighting

    Here's a video showing the little 4-fold brass-reeded concertina used in the Sea of Thieves music and the reasons why they selected it.
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    Popeye on 20 button anglo?

    Hey there Black Tusk, here are some dots and button numbers. The numbering system is 1-10 on both sides, with buttons on the right shown above the music and buttons on the left shown below. A line over the number indicates "pull". The music shown is for the key of C, but you can play the exact same pattern on the bottom row and then you'll be in the key of G. For accompaniment and harmonies just try various notes on the left side in the same row, for example, the button immediately adjacent to the left of the one you're playing. Other variations will hopefully suggest themselves as you experiment. Luckily, with the 20-button there are not many wrong notes! But be sure to eat your spinach first... Gary Popeye-C-ANGLO.pdf
  3. I've always considered Stephen Foster's "Oh Susanna" to be a great introductory tune for learning the Anglo since it can be played on only three buttons. However, while working up some tunes for a new book (to be announced shortly) I've run across a tune that can be played on only two buttons on the Anglo. Yes, that's right, only TWO buttons! It's "Poor Old Horse" (see attached). Sorry for all you EC and duet players out there, but you'll need twice as many buttons to play this! Which of course has me wondering, are there any other two-button wonders out there? Gary PoorOldHorse.pdf
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    Three Piratey Tunes From Sea Of Thieves

    Aye, here 'tis one way o' playin' ye tune. In case it be copyrighted by the authorities, not sayin' where I got it from, just passing it along... Grogg Mayles-Dm-ANGLO.pdf
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    Three Piratey Tunes From Sea Of Thieves

    Ahoy there matey, you're in luck it's in Dm which is perfect for the C/G Anglo. I'll work up an arrangement this evening and post it here for all ye would-pirates. Great tune - very piratical-sounding! Gary
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    Excellent comments all about rhythm - it's probably the hardest thing to learn, and usually comes after getting the mechanicals all sorted out to the point of mindless familiarity. Once you're past the point of worrying about which button and which direction, then you can start to really breathe some life into the tune. For me it's really important to listen obsessively to live and recorded versions of the tune, even if on different instruments. A good friend of mine was an absolutely dreadful fiddler if you just listened to the notes and intonation, but he had that old time rhythm and energy thing goin' on strong. At one of the workshops at the Old Palestine Concertina Weekend a few years ago, Bertram Levy actually had one of the students get up and step, or dance, the feeling of a particular phrase arm-in arm with him. I love English Morris tunes for their quirkiness, and having been a Morris dancer for many years it has really helped my playing by knowing what dance steps are likely occurring during various phrases, and taking to heart the excellent advice about using the music to help lift the dancers feet off the ground. So, perhaps, like the Fayre Four Sisters before you (and many other music hall performers), you will someday learn to dance and play at the same time! Gary
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    Irish Music On Wheatstone System?

    Thanks, all. Any other professional players use the Wheatstone system? Gary
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    A Lot Of Newbie Questions

    Glad to hear you're enjoying the books! But I'd love to know which tunes you're having air trouble with. I've tried really hard to balance the push and pull whenever possible, but it's not always easy with the Anglo. As beginner you'll initially be playing more slowly with the occasional boo-boo and then restart, so that can certainly eat up a lot of air, especially with chords. You can try shortening the duration of some chords or even leaving some notes out. Also, many folks tend to push harder than they pull, so that might also be a factor. And, speaking of pushing and pulling harder, it's common in the early stages to push too hard trying to force the tune out by brute force - doesn't work that way! But it's only after your fingers and brain are comfortable (weeks, months, years?) that your touch will naturally lighten up, surprisingly so. Sneaking little sips or big gulps of air is an acquired art and at times totally unavoidable. It usually just takes a light touch on the air button and after a while you hardly hear it. But don't worry too much about air when you're learning a tune, comes with the territory of getting it all sorted out. And yes, the left side is usually louder because you're playing more notes. If it's too much, just shorten the duration or leave some out. Excellent comments from Mjolnir about eventually associating the note names with the buttons once you've used the tablature as a crutch to get started. It's just like learning to type (oops, it's called "keyboarding now") - madly frustrating at first, but after awhile your fingers just know where to go. Sounds like you're doing good so far! Gary
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    Wheatstoe Duet

    Since there is a symmetry every two rows, perhaps it is an Anglo with a combination of several different key combinations? Gary
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    Is The Concertina For Me?

    Sorry, here's the key to that cryptic bit of music! Gary 7-AngloTutor-KEYBOARD.pdf 8-AngloTutor-TAB.pdf
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    Is The Concertina For Me?

    For playing in the harmonic style (chords, accompaniments) I suggest you check out John Kirkpatrick, John Watcham, Andy Turner, Brian Peters, Jody Kruskal, Bertram Levy, etc. - they are so much better than my mediocre attempts! Also, your chord chart is missing a lot of notes - it's the buttons on the far left side of the left hand side where you'll get the Oom for the Pah when you want to play in that style. You can play single note, octaves, thirds, harmonies - lots of different ways to make the noise you want. Yes, the concertina is a completely different critter than an accordion, but still with the same concept of "push a button, get a note", except the Anglo gives you two-for-one at the expense of a certain amount of logic which later actually becomes quite logical and quite handy for certain kinds of music. Attached are some basic left hand oom-pah chords for 30-button Anglo. Gary 17-ACHS-Anglo-chords-oompah-ANGLO.pdf
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    What Is The Point Of Scales?

    Well put! Amen to that! Jody Kruskal talks about "looping" - isolating the troublesome spot and working it over repeatedly until it's sorted. It's amazing what 5 minutes of solid attention can accomplish. Gary
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    German 20 Key With Switchable Second Voice

    ...or to change keys. Cajun musician Wayne Toups plays a Falcon accordeon that is set up to play in C or D just by changing the stops. Saw him play it in Breaux Bridge many years ago and it was pretty awesome. Wouldn't it be cool to figure out how to do this with a concertina? Gary
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    A Touch Of Clare

    Slightly off the original topic, but might I suggest, for those who own the original recordings, something like CD Baby for keeping CD's and mp3's available as print-on-demand (or download-on-demand) as a way of keeping these important recordings available? No need for minimum orders or huge upfront costs, or boxes and boxes of unsold inventory under the bed. Gary
  15. I know most players of Irish Traditional Music (ITM) prefer the Jeffries system since it has the extra C#, but who are some of the top players using the Wheatstone/Lachenal system? Thanks, Gary