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  1. I was inspired to learn Fishing Blues from the playing of Jody Kruskal. I would never have considered doing this one if it weren't for him and it's great to pick up a few things from an expert. I wasn't thinking when doing titles and misnamed it, not to worry. Here it is.




    The audio is not that great, had a few issues when recording and neglected some settings. Critical comments welcome.


    And here's Jody doing the expert's version.



  2. Welcome Gaspar. Good choice going with the english concertina, says I being an english player. At least you can play in any key you like.


    You have a nice looking instrument, I hope it plays well. What sort of music will you play or are you already playing. Some Argentinean folk music perhaps? or something more contemporary?


    Have you seen this video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM9zjVq_ztU Not Argentina but surprisingly Bolovia.

  3. Well done Johanna. I don't know Mark Erelli but from my little peek on the net it seems he's written lots of songs. This one is quite nice and it's great that you've done it with concer and that it's a contempory song. There should be more contempory songs done with concertina I say.

  4. Hi Wolf,


    I've toyed with the idea of trying to get some bass bits happening in a song. Haven't done it yet except for a quick fiddle around. Bit time poor now. And bass bits on english, and treble at that, a little difficult perhaps. Some keys would be better than others I think. D, or A perhaps?


    Have you considered a "country song"? "I Walk the Line" (Johnny Cash) might work. Just a thought. Might suit your voice too if you were to sing it.


    Cheers Steve.

  5. Thanks all for the input. I think I'm convinced domed buttons are the buttons for me. I'd already told Wim I wanted them but then asked about flat buttons and he informed me about their use for advanced playing techniques. So I thought I'd gather a few thoughts from different people. I think the domes have it.


    The new concer is.....the Parnassus. Arriving some time in July I hope.

  6. Well, here's an attempt with more vocal and less concertina.




    Bravo, I reckon you've nailed it Johanna. What's next? Could you give us something a little more up tempo?


    And Wolf, thanks for the encouragement re soundcloud. I'm a bit busy just now down on the farm so there's no recording happening. But Johanna's going well. Power to the EC.


    Cheers all, Steve.


    "Musik Böhmer and his Concertina from Hell" performing a blues classic "Dust my Broom".





    Wow, that's fantastic Stefan, very innovative. I really enjoyed this and will have to work on this type of blues delivery on english, a bit more restricted perhaps.


    To be a pedant, is this truely "Solo singer with concertina"? what with loops and beat box? Well yes, there's only one singer. But did Matthew mean concertina as the only instrument? Who cares, what you've done is great and a very pro video too. I suspect you've a better program than imovie.

  8. Very nice, a fairly simple arrangement which is all it needs. IMO the english is the best concer for song accompaniment although the others can be great if used with restraint. You just need to get the vocal a little more up front but you know that.


    Soundcloud is still a mystery to me. I suspect it's not as involved as video/youtube but I prefer video to present a full performance. But I should try to figure soundcloud sometime.



    I'm starting to like more the idea of meantone temperaments - as I said I'm thinking of tuning the 'tina I use for song accompaniment to 1/5 comma.


    If you do this in the next couple of months then I will be very interested to hear what you think about the new tuning. Feel free to PM me if you care to. Certainly Adrian thinks you won"t be disappointed.


    In the next month or so I'll have to make a decision about how I want my new (coming) concer tuned and from recent discussion and past threads I have to say I too am leaning toward 1/5 comma mean as I use the concertina for song accompaniment mostly. Of course I will have to discuss this in detail with Mr Wim Wakker.


    I have chosen to tune my EC's to a Meantone Temperament which sweetens these thirds but still allows for playing in a good varierty of keys... I think Ab,Eb,Bb,F,C,G,D,A,E should all be possible on the EC tuned to a Meantone.... ( and their related Minor keys as well)...


    There are quite a few varieties of these Meantone Tempéraments, Quarter Comma being the one with the Perfect major thirds and is the one I like the best but because the spread of the pitches deviate quite a lot from ET this can make playing with other fixed pitch instruments a little difficult. So I chose to opt for the next stage closer to ET ( but still a Meantone)... called One Fifth Comma. With the 1/5th Comma each of the notes is about half the distance away from ET that they would be in Quarter Comma. I have yet to have complaints from other musicians... which might suggest that they don't listen closely or that they assume I'm playing in ET like 99.9999% of the rest of the world.





    Thanks Geoff, you have answered the question I posed on another thread(started by Ixnx) about 1/5 comma mean tuning. Very interesting, I may have to investigate further. I listened to one of your tune of the month recordings, your very first posting I think, and it sounded as if you might have been playing duet rather than english.


    Cheers Steve

  11. My first was a Lachenal, it looked much like Blue Eyed Sailor's if you follow the link to his photos. Mine was in quite poor condition and at the time, long ago, I didn't appreciate what I might have had. I eventually swaped it for a banjo!


    My second was aquired while travelling In NY, 1974. Still had the Lachenal at home but I saw an advertisment from Boris Matusewitch and bought one from him. I think he was having them made in Italy but not sure. Others would know more about these instruments. So the circumstance of aquirement was opportune. On this concer I started to work out how to play the EC. Sold it after I got the third.


    My third and present concer was also aquired opportunistically during a later trip,1979, this time to the UK. It's a Wheatstone metal ended, number 21 model from 1930. At the time there was no thought about what I wanted except a reasonably good concer.


    cboody...what is 1/5 comma mean tuning?


    The question is... do I sell everything but the Edeophone and look to buy a brand new instrument? I understand some are better than others... but which ones? I would probably go for the top rather than lower models.




    G'day Warren,


    Mmm.... difficult question for anyone except yourself to answer. The advice of Blue Eyed Sailor seems sensible. A new concer might mean some years on a waiting list. And as Geoff Wooff suggests not many makers are producing EC's. And "top" quality models, you need to talk to people who have bought such instruments, not many I'd suggest.


    Are you going to the National this year? If so bring your concers, I'd love to sample them. If you can wait till around August I will be able to fill you in on how my new "top" Wakker concer performs.


    Cheers Steve.

  13. Hi Jody,


    Have you managed to listen to Dave's version with anglo and banjo? You could knock this one up in no time. I myself have to work pretty hard at getting songs to a performance level. I don't regard myself as a natural born muso but I am working at it a lot and will post more eventually.


    I do enjoy very much what I've heard of yours, snippets here and there. And I've always intended to purchase a CD or two but haven't gotten round to it. But I will, soon.


    If you respond to this be careful what you say, don't want to be accused of blowing trumpets. Cheers now.

  14. I managed to contact Dave de Hugard and have had a response regarding the origin of The Man with the Concertina.


    He writes:-


    If you get hold of a copy of Stewart & Keesing's 'Old Bush Songs' the
    verses are contained therein under the title 'The Man with the
    Concertina'. The verses there are incomplete. They were written by
    Robert Stewart (b.1838)who also wrote the verse for 'One of the
    Has-beens'. I adapted what Stewart wrote where I felt inclined and
    added some verses of my own own - as well as using and partly adapting
    the 2nd half of Lawson's 2nd verse in his poem 'The Good Old
    Concertina'. Hope this helps. Dave de Hugard

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