Posted 20 August 2003 - 10:33 AM
Posted 20 August 2003 - 11:23 AM
Thanks for the link to the Simon Thoumire concert review. The Big Day In is my all time favorite concertina recording, I've been playing it constantly for months. Track three is amazing. Loved the pictures of Simon's hand positions, I've often wondered if the added freedom he has to move his fingers around the keyboard is at least a small part of his incredible playing. It sure doesn't hurt his ability to shape & control the notes. I'd love to find out more about exactly how he plays. How does he do those lightning fast ornaments that he uses where a flute player would likely put a roll? Is he just using two fingers on one button? I sure can't make my concertina do it.
I wish he'd do a tour of the USA some day. I emailed him last fall to ask if he was coming over and he promptly sent me a nice email explaining he had no USA tour planned. Maybe I should just contact him directly and ask how he does stuff.
Posted 20 August 2003 - 05:23 PM
You should check out Simon's article on his technique -he describes how he does "Rolls" - it is in the articles section on the Foot Stompin' website.
Posted 20 August 2003 - 06:33 PM
and then click on Articles and follow the links to his essay.
And Big Day In is brilliant, I agree.
Posted 20 August 2003 - 07:52 PM
Posted 21 August 2003 - 08:03 AM
Thanks for all your nice comments. If you have any questions about technique etc do not hesitate to ask.
Posted 21 August 2003 - 08:55 AM
Posted 26 August 2003 - 04:19 PM
Posted 30 August 2003 - 09:01 AM
Greetings from northern Kentucky! We will have to get together and squeeze off a few. Regarding Thoumire recordings: concertina.net has a link to his company, Foot Stompin' Recordings. Great service! My order was here within one week!
Thoumire is a technical wizard but, at least right now, a little too far out for me. If you enjoy him yet long for a more traditional approach, check out his inspiration, Allistair Anderson.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 07:13 PM
Posted 07 September 2003 - 02:26 AM
You are the only person pushing the EC into the 21st century. The Rhythmic intensity and drive of the music I've heard you play gives me hope for the future of the EC. I own your "fusion" CD, the one with the guitarist. Very cool.It would be jazz if you had just one Duke Elington tune. ( smiley emotocon infered)
I happened on a TT Edeophone and have been playing my music on it (such as it is ). I wonder if your unique method of holding the instrument might be influenced by the fact that you are playing a Tenor Treble. I was "warned" that I would be unable to reach the low notes on a TT. Your "hold" eliminates that "problem". I love that tenor range. My lowest note a D. works for me, but your addition of that Bb is interesting.
Once again cheers to all, hope to see the list members at next years N.E.S.I. I booked too much work to go this year,the heavens be praised. I vow to use my TT at the next gig I play. Enough of this Guitar and Violin nonsence already. I may have to attend Whitney as a consolation prize. Regs, Al Watsky
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