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Daddy Long Les

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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
  14. I have posted a brand new video tutorial for this brilliant tune. You can see a clip from the tutorial here:- https://youtu.be/KRlpS0yIJV8 You get access to the full length, unlisted You Tube video, four pages of sheet music and a full set of instructional notes - all for just £10 and available instantly. I teach you how to play the famous A part that we all know plus the lesser known B and C parts. Two camera angles and slow and careful, bar-by-bar instruction will ensure that you understand exactly what to do which is perfect for the beginner or improver. Go to www.daddylongles.com/videolessons for more details. Edited as per Dave's post below Here is a performance of the tune:- https://youtu.be/O2m7iRNrUvQ
  15. Hi, I have uploaded this tutorial to my website. You can see an excerpt here:- https://youtu.be/wp532bEe9Kc Filmed on two cameras in full HD, the video has clear bar-by-bar instructions ideal for a beginner or improver. If you want to find out how you can get hold of this tutorial along with the sheet music, full instructional notes plus loads of other learning resources including a tutor booklet go to www.daddylongles.com/videolessons ​Everything is available for immediate access over the internet - no waiting for CDs or DVDs. Thanks for looking! Les
  16. Hi, This is just to let you know that I am now giving lessons on the English and anglo concertina in Rayleigh, South East Essex. I am happy to teach all beginners on these instruments as well as melodeon (DG,GC,C,ADG and GCF) and clawhammer (frailing) banjo). I am able to video your lesson or do an audio recording for you if required and you will be able to view/download these later on during the same day as the lesson. I am a very experienced teacher with over forty years experience teaching one-to-one. Please get in touch if you're interested and we can discuss times and rates. You can come weekly, fortnightly or just have a one-off lesson to see how you get on. If you are a nervous beginner just dipping your toe in the water you're very welcome to come and have a try on one of my instruments to see how you get on. Please check out my website www.daddylongles.com Many Thanks Les
  17. It's been a while since my last blog but here's my new one:- https://youtu.be/Dw9B2JGSZfg It's fairly lengthy. I play seven tunes to start with and then go on to discuss technique. I think I'm making a bit of progress at last. The tunes I play are La Marianne, Donkey Riding, Wash Day, Wooden Heart, William Brown, Fred Pigeon's No.3 and Mona's Delight - all in G on my GD. I hope you enjoy it. Best wishes Les
  18. This blog is just a quick performance of five tunes that I have been learning on my GD anglo:- Shepherd's Hey, Speed The Plough, Camptown Races, Bobby Shafto and The Keel Row - all in G. https://youtu.be/zNl4WqVx3MU Working on loads of tunes, especially for the Morris - so more to come! Best wishes Les
  19. In this blog I play and talk through four tunes on my GD, three of which I have already used in my EC tutorials. I think I'm beginning to make some progress but experienced players will no doubt pick up on a few rookie errors I'm still making - air button etc. Anyway, here's the link:- https://youtu.be/9a3yE0lMMZY and I hope you enjoy the video! Les
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