Oh my goodness. Such renditions of this tune. I am in awe, not to mention a little envious (once again), of the amazing things you duet players can do. Such fun to listen again and again. Why didn't I spend more time trying out those amazing things at NESI???
David -- it was wonderful to be able to practice along with your youtube version -- one part at a time of course. Don't know if you intended (or mind) this, but it really helped me get a handle on how the two parts wind through one another.
When it came to recording my beginner EC version, however, my inspiration turned to frustration.
I have a Mac computer so thought I'd record the accompaniment first with Quick Time audio, then play that while recording the melody, putting the the two parts together in a second quick time file. It works technically (the computer can play the first recording and record both it and me in the second), but I find it hard to get the timing right, and even when I do manage to match myself, measure for measure, it sounds hollow and tinny. I'm sure it is all more about my timing than the computer's poor sound quality, but someone told me that, barring a friend to play with or a duet concertina, it is easier to record the two parts individually and then combine them somehow. True? And if so, how? Or is figuring out recording equipment just a way to gobble up time better spent actually playing with a metronome in my ear? Maybe I've just answered my own question.
As for Concertina Face -- I'm thrilled to know that it is a 'thing.' Apparently I look like I'm am chewing on celery with peanut butter when I play. This worried me quite a bit until someone suggested I keep a plate of such snacks beside me if/when I play in public to mitigate the impression made by my dour, masticating visage. I may have to try it!