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David Colpitts

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About David Colpitts

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 01/05/1951

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    "Americana" and traditional folk music, Anglo concertina,
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    Hartford, CT USA

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  1. David Colpitts

    DG Melodeon to GD Anglo?

    And I say, hooray for the G/D Anglo, no matter what the initial experience. Although I started with the Anglo, I found the combination of the two no trouble at all. But as others have said, less trouble for the simpler along-the-rows style, which is why I got the G/D anyway. I have “harmonica brain” and usually play “the keys stamped on the instrument.” And, for Irish, Quebecois, Old Timey, and probably (but I don’t really know) English session tunes, it’s a natural. Plus, the more-or-less can’t miss simple harmonies with the left hand make it a real winner. Weighs less than a kilogram, too! Have a great time! David
  2. As a very happy Morse G/D owner, I support that choice. I have had mine for about three years, and it gets better and faster all the time! It weighs less than any others, keeps its tune, and plays like a dream. And, apparently, it can be loud, too! I also have a Stagi 40 button G/D, which I will keep as a spare. It got me going. Good luck. David
  3. David Colpitts

    Which is suitable for me?

    Someone very wise on this site suggested spending a very few dollars on a cheap harmonica to see if you will be able to fathom the in and out of an Anglo. Sorry I can’t remember who it was (or maybe on the melodeon site) but brilliant advice, IMHO. If you can, the longer (12 holes at least) Chinese tremolo models are probably more accessible to a real rookie than the ten hole “blues” harps, but either will give you the idea: inhaling and exhaling give you adjacent scale notes, two per spot, as do expanding the bellows and compressing them. The “trick” is that the pattern of blow/draw reverses at the top end of a scale, so doh-re-mi etc. is: out in out in out in in out. Voila. Ten dollars or less, to help decide. My guess is that if you ever got that far (under an hour for most people, I bet) you will take to an Anglo. If not, and the harmonica takes more than a few days of casual noodling without “getting” that much, then it wouldn’t make a huge difference which you started on; by that I mean any of the systems will be a possibility, but the Anglo won’t already have a real head start, as it did for me and many others who previously played harmonica. Because of harmonica background, it took minutes to pick out simple tunes with the right hand, and simultaneous harmony notes with left. Mind you, I don’t read music, or know the names of chords, but can make reasonably pleasant noise with the Anglo intuitively, and better every month. Another wise one said, “the first thirty years are the hardest!” Mostly, try whatever you can, and something will grab you. Have fun, and make a joyful noise! Regards, David
  4. David Colpitts

    Getting “off the rows” on a G/D Anglo

    Thanks, Mikefule! What a great bunch of new to do. I will try in the morning, as soon as herself is off to work. Regards, David
  5. David Colpitts

    Getting “off the rows” on a G/D Anglo

    Thanks, lumanohnz. Feels like coming full circle; this is exactly what I’ve been resisting in my hardheaded way (or, maybe just so stuck in my “harmonica along the rows” mindset) for years. I am going to try “baby steps” as in this discussion, before I brave the “deep end.” Thank, Mikefule. That seems to sum up the answer to my original question! And, thanks, too, Wunks. Something to add to the mix. Regards to all, David
  6. David Colpitts

    Getting “off the rows” on a G/D Anglo

    Thanks again. I have my work cut out for me. Thankfully, it’s fun, and I am retired, so have time. Regards, David
  7. David Colpitts

    Getting “off the rows” on a G/D Anglo

    Thanks, Bill. That about says what I will try: I’ll learn to play “A” on my G/D, as if I were playing “D” on my C/G. Come to think of it, then I’d be able to play “D” on my C/G, like everybody else! If I can get fluent in the one more key, then I may not need to go get an accordion in ADG so I can play all three at the Irish, Quebecois and Old-Time sessions I frequent. So far “A” has made me reach for the harmonica with that stamped into the comb! As a true non-sophisticate, I don’t even know the names of the buttons, but just find the tune when I know what key it’s in. More work I better try to do.... And, Graham, thanks. Nice playing (and a great instrument) What key? Thanks for the offer of a slower version, but my task now is clear to me: Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc., in A until I can reliably “sing A with my fingers” in that key. What a great resource this site is. I appreciate the thoughtful responses very much. Regards, David
  8. David Colpitts

    Getting “off the rows” on a G/D Anglo

    Thank you, Mory. I suspected as much, but didn’t really know it, nor want to believe it. But, the option you suggest is enough to move me off square one, I think. I bet if the available instructions talk about “playing the key of A on the GC, then I can learn it and I’ll be actually playing in the Key of X on my G/D. That it? I’ll give it a try. Thanks again, and regards, David
  9. David Colpitts

    Getting “off the rows” on a G/D Anglo

    Thanks, Wolf. I suspect you’re correct, and I guess I would settle for more fluency to add to my “along the rows,” but adding keys (A and?) on my D/G would be a boon. And, perhaps ornamentation help, too. Really, I wonder how Tim does what he does, I guess, and if anybody “stuck” to G/D can play Anglo like he plays accordion. I know it’s apples and oranges, but.... Regards, David
  10. Hello, All. I am some 6 years in to my Anglo journey, and play G/D along the rows exclusively, despite all the thoughtful suggestions (warnings?) early on about how limiting that choice would be, particularly for Irish music. Now, while I am very pleased with my progress on the instrument, and quite comfortable with my choice (rather than going with G/C in traditional way) I recently re-discovered the (to me) mad genius of Tim Edey playing amazing music on a D/G melodeon. This led to a link offering his teaching DVD, wherein he shows how to do lots of interesting stuff on a thus-tuned box. So.....Does anyone (probably who plays both accordions and concertinas) have any idea if that kind of instruction might have “cross-platform” applicability for the Anglo? I am beginning to think I might just do some cross-row as a modest expansion, but can in no way imagine starting completely over in G/C to do it the “right” way, exclusively. I am at-to-near-session speed on some polkas and hornpipes in D and G, and of course can also play simple (automatic, almost) harmonies when I play other genres, so I am (as my Italian friend says) “just a keepa go” on the G/D, but curious. Thanks for any input, and regards, David
  11. David Colpitts

    Old English music, folk songs, and ragtime on Anglo

    Thanks, Brian. I am, as usual, amazed by your ability and your presence. I can barely sing and play at the same time, but this encourages me to keep at it. Regards, David
  12. David Colpitts

    Padam Padam

    Randy, this is amazing stuff, IMHO. I was lucky enough to be there for the live performance (in fact, I suspect it is my voice saying “Wow!” at the end.) It was a highlight of a tremendous concert, and makes me sort of wish I’d started on English. Great work, and, “Wow” encore, M’sieur. David
  13. I concur with all of the above, regarding reasons for the perceived “majority” of Anglo concertinas. And, most of my few years’ experience is in Irish music settings, where there is but the rare English. OTOH....I returned Sunday from the annual squeeze-box pilgrimage (NESI Squeeze-In in Becket, MA) and the opposite was apparent. Most concertinas were English, with a few Anglos and small smattering of Duets. Not surprisingly, the musical genres showcased and shared were mostly not Irish. While I might (and do, sometimes) wish I had started with English (or one of the Duets) for the chromaticity/versatility, the operative fact for me was that the Anglo is a double handful of harmonicas, which I could already play some, when I got the bellows urge. I’m glad I amn’t looking for a top-end Anglo, for sure. 6 or 8 KiloDollars US is above my discretionary hobby budget. But they sure sound great! Regards to all, David
  14. David Colpitts

    Rochelle Or Something Else? Beginner

    I concurr regarding the Concertina Connection entry-level instruments. I have tried Rochelles for short times, and own an Elise, as does W3DW. Mine is 3 or 4 years old, and has had (knock on wood, of course) literally no issues. While not on the same level as instruments costing 6 or ten times more, it really does quite well. I also always suggest people might (if they can try one first) be very well-served for a year (or perhaps way more than a year) with an older Bastari/Stagi. I mean the ones that look more subdued and "grown-up" 30 button units. I have two CGs, cost about a hundred and a hundred and a half US. Both play sweetly and easily, with reasonable response, and fast enough for medium ability, I think. So an option might be: find one, for almost the same money you get liquidating the Scarlatti, and have a blast with it while saving for the "real" one later. I moved up to a used Morse Ceili, and while I keep the older ones for spares and loaners, it's my daily player, and I love it. Have a great time. David
  15. David Colpitts

    Bad Habits

    Halifax said: "One of my bad habits is depending too much on the button accordion player in our larger Wednesday night session. When I play next to her, I can hide my mistakes and after a pint and a session, I can convince myself that I'm pretty good!" But wait....Isn't that what "pretty good" means? Sounds like collaborative ensemble work! But then, I am the poster child for "bad habits." I can't get off the rows, and I'll play for so long my arms hurt, and the list goes on. But at least none of it is "a chore." If I could just sing the next higher note without thinking I have to inhale like the harmonica requires........