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Daddy Long Les

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  • Birthday 01/29/1953

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    English concertina, Anglo concertina, melodeon, harmonica, frailing banjo, guitar, mandolin, cigar box guitar (diatonically fretted).
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    Essex, UK

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  1. I wouldn’t suggest a Rochelle for a child of any age. I have one as a spare and it’s much too big and stiff for young hands and arms. Sorry!😟
  2. Here is a recording that I did the other day using a Jackie English concertina and my Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton acoustic guitar. I double-tracked all the instruments to sweeten the sound. Although I have other, more expensive ECs, I have to say that I'm very pleased with the recorded sound of the Jackie. The lesser known tune was written by the late Malcolm Sircom and comes from his musical "Ebenezer". If you watch the video to the end you will hear how well the tunes work when superimposed. Thanks for watching Les
  3. Hi Ted, Thank you for your interest. I will look at your suggestions closely - it looks fascinating! I never mind any criticism of what I do as long as it's politely given (which this is). My customers are very torn about this tablature system. I think it's fair to say that most prefer musical notation, some like my tablature and others prefer the more straightforward tab like Gary Coover's. I'm probably going to go back to using standard musical notation but it's definitely been interesting to see the reaction to my tablature system. As I said in my post - I came up with this system to cover all tunings which it did. I'm constantly trying different things and I'm always happy to put my hands up and say that perhaps I wasn't right about something!!! Of course this will mean two lots of sheet music for CG and GD anglos plus two video lessons to say nothing of the different layouts (Jeffries/Wheatstone)!!! Perhaps I'll go back to just teaching the guitar! Best Wishes Les
  4. I’m looking for a used Rochelle or similar in good condition. All my concertinas have the Jeffries layout so I simply want a cheap 30 button instrument with the Wheatstone layout to make sure that the versions of my pieces with that set-up are correct. Les
  5. Since last year I have been developing my own version of tablature in order to give anglo concertina lessons to players of all tunings. I am now happy to say that I have several of these lessons available on my website http://www.daddylongles.com Some lessons are aimed at beginners whilst others will suit improvers. Of course this won't appeal to folk who prefer dots (musical notation) for everything and I still have my original lessons available. Initially, I developed this tablature to save me some time. Before this, every time I came up with a new tutorial for the anglo, I had to record separate videos for each main tuning (CG and GD) plus I had to create two scores in my chosen music software (Notion). With this tablature I have developed a way of recording one video (usually using the CG) and re-tuning just the concertina playing down to the GD pitch but leaving my voice untouched. The actual tablature works for every tuning - even BbF. Having said this, I can honestly say that I actually prefer my tablature to using traditional music notation. Many of my customers are now using this new method and it seems to be pretty successful. If you want to try it out without paying anything, there are two free tutorials for beginners (Danny Boy and What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor) which you can find below. I have attached the tabs for these two tunes below plus some instructions on how to read them. Here are the links to the video lessons:- Thanks for looking! Les Danny Boy Anglo Concertina Tablature.pdf What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor Anglo Concertina Tablature.pdf Explanation Of Generic Anglo Concertina Tablature.pdf
  6. Thanks. I’ve made contact. Really kind of you to let me know! Les
  7. I’m looking to buy a Concertina Connections Elise Hayden Duet concertina in good condition. I’m not too bothered about cosmetics but I don’t want to have to spend any money on getting it fettled (tuning etc.) Please send me a message if you have one to sell. UK only please. Les
  8. YouTube video This is my review of the concertina that I recently bought from David Robertson. I hope you like it and find it interesting. If, like I was a few weeks back, you are contemplating the change from decent hybrid to this kind of instrument, this might help you make up your mind! Les
  9. Looks like one that Gear 4 Music sell. Not sure what the quality would be like.
  10. I started with a CG but wanted the lower pitched GD. I have had no problem paying the same tunes on both.
  11. Hi Roger, I would think that this piece is in A minor - the relative minor of C major. Regards Les
  12. Hi John, I'm in Rayleigh, Essex and would be happy to teach you if you can't find anyone nearer. Les
  13. Hi Dave, Good point - on my website there is a link to a performance video - this one:- https://youtu.be/O2m7iRNrUvQ Thank you for your kind comment and suggestion. Les
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