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  1. 4 hours ago, lachenal74693 said:

     

    "...The online version provides access to the abc files which can be useful for modifying keys to suit other vocal ranges..."

     

    I had assumed that this meant that folks could 'edit' the ABC and let other folks see the result. If it's copyright, should I

    now remove the ABC from the post?

     

    Not at all.  The music company isn't worried about this sort of usage but only if someone tries to make money from the song.  So don't go putting it on your next CD or Spotify.

  2. On 12/13/2019 at 1:33 AM, jggunn said:

    Great as always. I would be interested in the bit of history about the accompaniment you mentioned 

    I'm not sure what you mean jg.  I meant that my accompaniment was nothing special, simply melody with a bit of rhythmic chording, but that the history of the rabbit plague might be of interest.

     

    On 12/13/2019 at 4:09 AM, lachenal74693 said:

    A little information about when and where collected in the following ABC:

    There's some good stuff on that Bush Traditions web site.

    Thanks for posting the ABC file Lach.  There is indeed a wealth of material on Dave Johnson's Bush Traditions website.  I should clarify that the version I've sung which pretty much follows the ABC version is not what was recorded from Basil Cosgrove.  It is Dave de Hugard's own version and there is copyright on this version, not held by Dave but by a music company he used to record with.  Dave asked me to clarify the fact that it is not the original Cosgrove version which is why I pulled the video for editing.  For better or worse it is the de Hugard version which is, as far as I know,  the only one sung in Oz these days with the Cosgrove version forgotten about, except by Dave.

  3. Here's a little song that gives a glimpse into the life of a rabbit trapper during the rabbit plague in Australia.  There's nothing very special about my edeophone concertina accompaniment, pretty straight forward really, but there's a little bit of history if anyone is interested.

     

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  4. Here's an unremarkable version of Tennessee Waltz on my Wheatstone McCann duet.  I'm still very much a beginner on this instrument which I'm finding quite a challenge so I wouldn't dream of posting on the current duet recordings thread.  Certainly have enjoyed all those recordings by some great players, something to aspire to.  There have been quite a few postings of videos lately in a range of styles, it's been a treat.  Just waiting for a female player to do something. 

     

     

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  5. A year or so ago I decided to find out what all the fuss was about and acquired an anglo concertina, a lovely bright Kensington.  I haven't had the time or sometimes the energy to devote to learning but early on I was fortunate to be given a couple of Gary Coover's books and they have been a great help and inspiration.  You provide a wonderful resource with all your books Gary, well done.  I'm still learning of course, make lots of mistakes, don't go beyond C & G except for a little bit in D but I do enjoy playing Kenny.  So here's a little song for you Gary and All, to wave the flag a bit for the anglo.

     

     

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  6. On 6/20/2019 at 8:44 AM, Aldon Sanders said:

    Thanks Steve. You get a nice groove on your EC! Totally enjoyed that video!

      

    Aldon

    Thanks Aldon, Just listened to Bill & his Comets & the sax riff & worked it out.

    15 hours ago, soloduet said:

    Very well done, with a good balance between the voice and the concertina. What kind of equipment do you use for the sound and the video?

    Didie

    G'day Didie, I simply use a Sennheiser Mk4 condenser microphone carefully positioned so as not to let the concer overpower the vocal.  The video was recorded with an ipad and the audio recorded simultaneously on the desktop using the Cooledit program.  All edited with imovie on a macbook with the Cool edit mp3 dubbed into the video's muted audio.

    9 hours ago, David Barnert said:

    see below

     

    9 hours ago, David Barnert said:

    Nice playing, by the way. I always worry when I don’t see something new from you in a while. 

    Thanks David, it's nice to know someone worries about me.  No need to worry though, I've been very busy these last couple of years with work, life, health issues (nothing life threatening) and also grappling with anglo and duet concertina systems.  Some videos to follow.

  7. It's been a while since I posted any videos so here's one out of the blue.  I have been very busy these last couple of years so haven't been very active on Cnet although I've lurked a bit.  Don't have much to say regarding things concertina, just like to play the blooming thing.  So here's a video.  I do a fair bit of busking with the help of my puppets, fundraising for charity, and this is one in my repertoire. The puppets are a great hook for busking. I like to play stuff that's not normally done with concertina and we were all having so much fun, got carried away and sped up a bit at the end.  

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QbjhQopgdU

  8. Exactly what John said.

     

    Just about any concertina can be a singers concertina if it is played in a manner to suit the song and the voice.  My E-concer is loud and bright, it's taught me to play quietly when required.  Can I suggest the EC and Duet have an edge in offering the full range of keys which can be useful for finding a key to suit ones voice for a particular song.  But of course the Anglo in the hands of a proficient player can handle a good range of keys, enough for most singers to be able to adjust to.  With my limited ability on the Anglo I'm stuck in C for songs.  The Anglo, I think, is actually better for some types of songs, bouncy songs, than the other systems.

     

    But forty something years ago I was advised the EC was the one for singing.  I've never regretted heading that advice.

  9. Following on from Jody Kruskal's recent post and rendition of "The Ballad of the Button Box" I was wondering about how many concertina songs there are that we know of.  And when I say "concertina songs" I mean songs that have the concertina as a main part of their theme or story and not just the word "concertina" mentioned in passing.  A list of the ones I know follows, can we add to it?

     

    The Ballad of the Button Box - Bob Snope

    The Good Old Concertina - Henry Lawson/Bob Bolton

    Lena from Palesteena - Con Conrad/Russel Robinson

    Arnold the Armadillo - Les Barker/David Galipo

    The Man with the Concertina - Robert Stewart/ Jacko Kevins, Dave de Hugard

    I Play My (me) Concertina - David Worton/H C Lovell

    Multitasking Daddy - Jody Kruskal

    The Flying Concertina - Steve Wilson/ John Bosserman (Happy Hiker March adaptation)

     

    Are there others? Please advise.

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    6 hours ago, Wolf Molkentin said:

     

    The English Concertina is a fantastic musical instrument, which very few of us (if any at all) might be able to explore in its entire capacities in a musical lifetime

     

    May I say you, yourself Wolf do very well in exploring the capabilities of the EC.  If only I could have my musical lifetime over...it's a bit of a problem not having enough lifetimes!  But we all poke along to the best of our abilities and sometimes gain inspiration from others more gifted. 

     

    On 1/9/2019 at 12:05 AM, McDouglas said:

    Now I understand there are tradeoffs.

     

    There certainly are trade offs with the EC but I don't find this too much of an issue and for what I do, mostly song accompaniment, the EC is perfect for me.  I can play in whatever key a song requires for my vocal range.  Over the past year or so I've dabbled with both duet and anglo and enjoy using them.  The anglo in particular can be fun but my 64 button McCann is a handful.  I can't stand and play with it whereas stand up playing is what do in performance and the English Concertina fits the bill.  There are those who can stand with the anglo, well done, I still need a neck strap.

     

    On 1/9/2019 at 12:05 AM, McDouglas said:

     Perhaps the lesson here is the journey of hard work to just begin to master an instrument is worth the time and patience required.  I'm not there but I"m on the way.

     

    Do we ever arrive?  Enjoy the journey.

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