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#1 gcoover

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:00 AM

...then here's a challenge to all the big duet players out there:

 

http://youtu.be/pTWf122wHkw

 

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", as played by Benny from the Axis of Awesome.  Unbelievable!


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 03:42 AM

If only those mouthpiece extensions didn't look so much like surgical appliances! But amazing playing.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 01:27 AM

And a duet concertina player has an endless supply of air, and two hands, so it should be twice as easy, right?



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 02:39 AM

Does nobody anchor the Melodica and play it with two hands ?

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 03:04 AM

Does nobody anchor the Melodica and play it with two hands ?


I had always assumed that was the point of the long mouthpiece, but I guess not. I haven't played one since school and I don't remember any tube mouthpieces then, so playing one handed was a given.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 03:22 AM

I've seen it played on stage with the melodica on a table. I think she played with both hands, though I couldn't swear to it.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 06:30 AM

What a challenge, but I'm not sure there's anyone up to it.  To start with it's a song, it needs to be sung to convey the meaning.  The video uses captions in an attempt to do this but falls a bit flat.

 

With big duet accompaniment and sung it would be or could be something special in concertina circles but this is a big classic rock song.  A big ask.  Would be good if someone could.  

 

I await with dubious expectation.  Surprise me! 



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 06:31 PM

Well, you certainly can't sing with a melodica stuck in your mouth, but there's nothing stopping a concertina player.  Might be hard to do the Freddie Mercury strutting and prancing, though. 

 

And yes, t'would be an awesome showstopper if someone could pull it off.  If the old musical hall guys were still around, they'd be all over it!



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:02 AM

...then here's a challenge to all the big duet players out there:

 

http://youtu.be/pTWf122wHkw

 

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", as played by Benny from the Axis of Awesome.  Unbelievable!

 

Why "big duet players"?

If he can do that with just one hand, it should be "ideal" for an English.  It looks like his keyboard even has the same G below middle C as its lowest note.

 

If I only had more time, I'd transcribe his arrangement and try it myself.  Maybe some day....



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:07 AM

Well, you certainly can't sing with a melodica stuck in your mouth...

 

So how about adding a bag and bellows to the melodica?

It works for Irish and Northumbrian pipers.



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:33 AM

Tune of the month for February?



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 04:04 PM

Well, you certainly can't sing with a melodica stuck in your mouth...

 
So how about adding a bag and bellows to the melodica?

It works for Irish and Northumbrian pipers.

I remember seeing a youtube in which someone had hooked one up to a big plastic bag of air which they squeezed between their knees, a bit like a Spacehopper. I don't remember if there was any way of refilling it or if your duration was limited by the bag size.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 06:57 PM

I remember seeing a youtube in which someone had hooked one up to a big plastic bag of air which they squeezed between their knees, a bit like a Spacehopper. I don't remember if there was any way of refilling it or if your duration was limited by the bag size.

 

 

 

this is not a melodica, but you can see the air (bag?) diminishing as the melody progresses.

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=g_Ik3Mgm828

 

From the late Derek Smith RIP


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 08:40 PM

Tune of the month for February?

 

Great idea:)



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:40 PM

Well, you certainly can't sing with a melodica stuck in your mouth...

 
So how about adding a bag and bellows to the melodica?

It works for Irish and Northumbrian pipers.


I almost tried something similar with a melodica and a blue plastic foot bellows that I had found at a yardsale. Now I am wondering if I kept that bellows or did I throw it out this summer during the move. The melodicas I still have.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 05:30 AM

I was setting up camp at Ashokan once, blowing up my air mattress with a blue plastic foot bellows while passing the time playing my concertina. Then it occurred to me there should be a way to run a hose from here to there...



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 05:31 AM

Well, you certainly can't sing with a melodica stuck in your mouth...

 
So how about adding a bag and bellows to the melodica?

It works for Irish and Northumbrian pipers.


I almost tried something similar with a melodica and a blue plastic foot bellows that I had found at a yardsale. Now I am wondering if I kept that bellows or did I throw it out this summer during the move. The melodicas I still have.

 

A friend who travelled in the Balkans once told me of an old gajda (bagpipe) player who started using such a foot pump to inflate his bag after he no longer had the lung power to do so.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 05:33 AM

I was setting up camp at Ashokan once, blowing up my air mattress with a blue plastic foot bellows while passing the time playing my concertina. Then it occurred to me there should be a way to run a hose from here to there...

 

From the foot pump to the concertina... or from the concertina to the air mattress?  :unsure:






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