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  2. Hi Bob, Not exactly a full-blown walking bass like you find in jazz, but the little finger has some nice runs in Glorishears, Mundesse, Saturday Night, Jockie the Fair, Monck's March, Princess Royal (Longborough), Shepherd's Hey and Young Collins. And for some fairly active bass note and chord stuff, Constant Billy, Sherborne Jig, Glorishears, Ladies of Pleasure and Lumps of Plum Pudding. He uses a lot of those right hand G-row notes and other high notes in Birds-A-Building, Smash the Windows, Princess Royal, Persian Dance, Old Woman Tossed Up, Constant Billy. With the Button Maps for every tune, it makes it easy to see in advance what buttons that tune will require. Never all 30, but sometimes a few way up in the squeaky end! It took quite a while to get my right hand little finger to cooperate on "Birds" and "Smash". Gary
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  4. If you look at the music in very early 19th C. Anglo tutors, they're about evenly split between dance tunes, music hall songs, and hymns. I think it was always meant to be able to play a wide range of "genres".
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  6. I think a lot of the joy of the Anglo is in using it to play tunes it wasn't even remotely designed to play. Even Irish music isn't really what it's "for" - that's just what people use it for because once upon a time, it was a cheap and plentiful instrument, and now it's "traditional". So now you've got a bunch of people using a diatonic instrument in C and G to play fiddle tunes in D and A. It's absurd, but that's just a part of the fun. It's chromatic for enough of a range that you can play all manner of things - sometimes you just have to be a bit clever about it.
  7. I am no big fan of Ed Sheeran and Adele myself, so I don’t have that much experience with that sort of music, but a three row C/G anglo has every note in a chromatic octave at least once, meaning you can play almost anything on it. Traditionally it would be used for jigs, reels, etc. etc. but I find it no more difficult to play ‘Summer Nights’ or ‘Wake Me Up’ than ‘Garryowen’ or ‘English Country Garden’. In short, as long as the tune is not ridiculously complicated, it should be possible.
  8. People have played every kind of music on every system of concertina. There are exceptions to every generalization/rule my beloved colleagues are about to lay on you (e.g. one tune I play on C/G anglo is in Bb minor). A good musical friend was going for professional oboist in her youth and was taken out by focal dystonia. She is now an amazing Irish whistle player. The family connection is valuable - go for it. Many of us wish we had one. You can learn the Irish tunes and take it farther afield. Welcome to the madness. Ken
  9. I could be facetious and suggest using your little fingers to play notes but I think it would be more helpful to say remove the pinky rests or just put those fingers on the fretwork ends until they are needed to press keys. I always thought I used them until someone asked me what those little brackets were for and after I explained they said " but you are not using them, I've been watching you". Well, I do and I don't. So If your fingers slip on the metal you could try sticking some material on them, early concertinas often had them covered with thin leather and David Eliot describes how to re-cover them in his book on concertina maintenance .
  10. Hello Experts, another problem I am having is my Little fingers keep slipping on the pinky rest. As they are so slippery. Does anyone have anySolutions to this. I was contemplating getting double stack foam tape and put it on the rests. Thank you Stephen
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  12. Hello It there an easy fix to this situation. My G on my English Baritone is good on the push but on the pull It’s awful! Thank You Stephen has
  13. I still have it! As an introduction, could you DM me over Concertina.net?
  14. I have another question my pinkies keeps slipping off of the metal rests does anyone have any suggestions to correct that as the metal is so slippery I was thinking of getting some double stick foam tape. I would be interested in your experts thoughts thank you Stephen
  15. Hi Have you sold it? If not email me at stephenknoll@yahoo.com
  16. Hi all, I've been playing the oboe for a number of years. Due to medical problems, I'm not really able to continue playing a high resistance wind instrument anymore and am looking for something else. My music theory is on the more basic side of things but I'm competent enough at muscle memory to be able to play when I've learned the notes. I play almost exclusively for relaxation on my own. My uncle would play a lot of Irish trad music and has offered me an old concertina to fill the musical void and is going to teach me the basics of this. I'd be very keen to see if I could maybe keep playing some classical and some modern pop songs (Ed Sheeran, Adele, etc.). Is this possible or would it be unrealistically difficult for this instrument to be played that way?
  17. I have nothing to add to everything that I wrote 18 years ago, (see link above). The advantages of Hayden specification over the "parallel" arrangement becomes more apparent, when playing more complex music, on the larger instruments. I must say that I have never seen any reason why makers could not make the fretting of the ends in such a way that the handles could be fixed in several different ways. Wheatstone made Duet Concertinas with the uncut part of the fretting below the handles in an "infinity" pattern. This would allow the handles to be attached in an infinite number of different ways ! Inventor.
  18. Hi Gary Nice book it arrived Yesterday .I am already realising that I have been playing for a long time without taking full advantage of the right hand G row for the melody There are some interesting combinations of Harmony notes .One thing you say is John Watcham uses his little finger to play a (walking base line) .Which tunes in your opinion display this best . Thanks Bob
  19. Thanks Luke! Interesting keyboard. You might consider just adding a thumb strap to one side, leaving the other thumb unrestricted for pressing the air button. I believe Colin Dipper did that on his Franglo instruments.
  20. Thanks everyone. @dabbler—I hadn't noticed that the Beaumont doesn't have the slant. I think it'll be easy enough for me to track down one of those and give it a test drive. @alex_holden, that is a pretty box. I was actually just musing on the possibility of adding thumb loops to my Anglo to make it easier to play standing up, and I feel validated to know at least one other person has done it! Also enjoyed reading about your process for creating the raised ends. And I actually used the same ferric chloride etching process in one of my (alas, non-concertina) projects: pic1 pic2
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  22. Thanks Ken. I have noticed a few times that I have to go hunting for my listings. I'll see if there is something I can change to make it more visible.
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