My own feeling is that the particular attraction of these tunes is in the variation of stresses within and among measures, and that common chording patterns tend to usurp this with their own, more "ordinary" emphases. And on a single concertina, in particular, it can be impossible to separate the two, the way one might with one instrument playing melody and another playing a more subdued backup.
I 'agree,' if that's the word, with this idea about melody vs. chords, or melody with chords. Thing is... I do really love chords, too, and all those pretty ones like the ninths and elevenths and whatever... but I think they need to fall into place as a complement to the melody, on the concertina. At least, for me. I mean, unless the piece was written to show off something about chords, I guess.
Well, my point is not meant to be about whether to use chords, but how to use them. And in particular with tunes that have complex or "unusual" rhythm, if they're not being used in a way that emphasizes and enhances those rhythms -- if they obscure or distract from those rhythms, -- then they're better left out.
Jim, I like all your 'Theme' stuff but some of it I have to play later when my internet connection is stronger... the last two don't want to play right now on my Chromebook.
I don't know that I can help with that. They're all simple MP3 files, and all in the same directory/folder on the same server. There shouldn't be any difference in how your browser handles them.
Also... sometimes, since I don't have much of an education re all the different kinds of (names for) tunes -- it can be a little hard to immediately grab, from a recording, how it would be best counted. So, feel free to give a little note about a count-out, if you want... like, would I count '1-2-3, 1-2-3,' and does the first note start on a 1, etc.. If you just say '3/4 time,' that's easy, but when you say 'Polska,' etc., I'm not sure exactly what that means, re the timing.
Sorry about not further explaining the polska, but since it's been a topic of discussion lately -- even to having it's own thread, -- I thought any questions would already have been asked and answered. The polska is considered to be the Swedish national (folk) dance. The tunes and dance have a repeating 3-"beat" stress pattern that is normally notated as 3/4. Waltzes are also normally written in 3/4, but the details of the stress pattern are different.
You ask about 1-2-3, but it's not that simple, since the stresses are rarely all equal. I.e., 1-2-3 is more common for a waltz, while 1-2-3, 1-2-3 may be more appropriate for polskas. And even that is misleading, since boldface only allows me to indicate two levels/intensities of stress, while a tune in 3/4 may well have three different values in a single measure.
Does it always start on "1"? Musically, no, though in a dance the first step will (almost?) always be on "1". But some tunes (not all) may have one or more "pickup" notes, which act as preparation for the first "downbeat"="1".
Maybe I should say a bit more about the concept of "in 3", but I think that should be a separate post, so for now I'll stop here.