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  1. On 12/20/2018 at 8:40 AM, Wolf Molkentin said:

    I noticed that you didn’t bring your Parnassus

     

    The Parnassus was there.  Eleven seconds into the first video you can see me playing Parnie, but don't blink.  In the second video I'm playing Kenny, my Kensington anglo which is the system required to be involved in a concertina caterpillar.

  2. I recently had the privilege of organizing a weekend event, we called it a "Concertina Convergence", for concertina enthusiasts in the south eastern part of Australia.  People came from far and wide and converged upon a delightful little town in north eastern Victoria called Yackandandah, or Yack to the locals.  Around thirty players plus hangers on attended and we had a fabulous weekend of workshops, sessions, a concert and just concer socializing.  One of us, Pete, is also a photography enthusiast and captured the action.  Here is some of it.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ina89XdgG1A&feature=youtu.be

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URP5j5Y4x0M&feature=youtu.be

  3. ...... if you can figure out the common chords (G, C, D, A minor, E minor) and learn to play them and move from one to another, you should be able to play many of the common tunes, especially if you don't try and go too fast.

     

    Some knowledge of chord theory would help. One needs to know how chords are constructed. This site should help https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Music_Theory/Chords

     

    And this http://www.concertinaman.net/uploads/6/4/9/2/64922025/chord_wheel.pdf

     

    Cheers

    Steve.

    http://www.concertinaman.net/

  4. A few things I wish I had done initially (also self tutored):

     

    1) Get to know

     

    Thanks Bill N, a very well thought through and useful post. I'll take on board your comments as I progress on my anglo adventure with my newly acquired Kensington concertina. Hope Ada benefits from your experience.

  5. Hi Jody,

     

    Just wonderful. The things you do for a buck when you're a musician. Yes I've done them too and yes they can be great (dream) gigs. "River Stay Away from My Door", that's a really nice tune. I should learn it on english, or maybe my anglo I've recently acquired. Are the dots handy somewhere?

  6. If you have Musescore, a free download music notation program on the net, you could devise some scale exercises for yourself. A cursor scrolls across the score while the audio plays and you can set the tempo as you like. Just play along, maybe set challenges for yourself with the tempo control. If you set up some exercises in the key of C you can easily transpose and save the exercise in other keys. I just tried to attach one of my musescore files but was disallowed. You'll have to set your own.

     

    Of course playing along to any musescore file, that is tune, is good reading practice. you can do it with ABC files as well. Set your own pace.

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    For anyone in NSW, there is a concertina convergence being held at Binalong, near Yass

    That is a Long Way From Texas.

     

     

    Yeah, Binalong is a long way from Texas but perhaps we have to forgive Gbol.. since it's his first post and perhaps he should have created a new thread. At least all you Mill Fest folk now know about Binalong Concertina Convergence and can file it away for future reference. It's less than 24hrs from anywhere by aeroplane. I'm going.

     

    You all have a great time at Mill Fest.

     

    PS. Don, enjoyed Mr Hopkins song but couldn't hear the concertina bit. :wacko:

     

    Cheers.

  8. In Australia they are not called cowboys but rather "stockmen" and of course there is a wonderful history and tradition surrounding them, think "The Man from Snowy River". For a token Aussie inclusion "The Overlander" jumps at me, or for more bounce "Travelling Down the Castlereagh", or for something more wistful there is "The Banks of the Condamine"

     

    Just a few thoughts.

    Cheers Steve.

  9. You have more than enough notes on your Jackie to do lots. You only need two or three notes to build a chord (or partial chord) and from your little recording, albeit melody only, you seem to be progressing well for only a short time player. Remember you must walk before you can run. Regarding the notes competing with each other, perhaps finding alternate ways to build your chords might help but I haven't played a Jackie so I can't be sure. If financial constraints compel you to persevere with the Jackie then just make the most of it. You will be able to achieve quite a lot and if you do carry on you'll know when an upgrade is due. Then somehow it will happen, maybe you'll get lucky.

  10. Hello Tim Tim,

     

    It's nice to know you seem to be fairly serious about learning to play the (E) concertina, what with attempting a complex piece. No you won't have to learn everything twice but you will keep learning if you keep putting in the effort. I'm assuming you are fairly new to concer since you only have a Jackie, not meaning to demean the Jackie, a great starting instrument, but a with a better quality instrument (as Geoff suggests) you'll learn to fly. Consider saving those pennies.

     

    I'm guessing you are concentrating on instrumental pieces so I'm not sure I can help a lot since I mostly use the concertina for song accompaniment, (with lots of chords), which I think our instrument is just wonderful for. But my method can be used for instrumental music, I do it when I insert instrumental parts in my songs. Basically I learn the melody line first and then I learn the chord progression and use different inversions of the chords to decide upon the most satisfactory fingering to my ear. Others may not agree with my chord choices at all! Once I've got these two different aspects of a song learned I just sit down and try to meld them into a "melody with chords". Most often the melody notes are part of the chord with occasional "passing" notes which are actually just part of another slightly different chord. As for fingering, well yes it varies. You do have to learn different ways of playing, but that's a good thing. No one way is necessarily the right way.

     

    It's really good to have a repertoire of the basic chords (in various inversions) in the basic keys. This is relevant for instrumental music but perhaps more relevant if you're into song accompaniment, then you can sing hundreds (thousands) of songs with just a few chords. Don't tell me you can't sing, (almost) everyone can sing a bit, especially if they're a player of an instrument.

     

    Anyway whatever sort of music you're interested in, the concertina is a great little instrument for it. Not perfect all the time but pretty good. Keep at it. The better you get the more you'll enjoy it.

     

    Cheers,

    Steve.

  11. Welcome to C-net, a place where you'll find friendly people with helpful advice. At least I've found it like that for the last few years so hoping to see you around here again. Thanks also for the link, at first look it seems like a useful site with quite a range of music. I'll be going back to download a few pieces.

     

    Cheers Steve.

     

     

  12. If you want to sing with concer accompaniment then I recommend the english system over the anglo. One can sing with the anglo but the push/pull might make it harder for a beginner and as a beginner you may be limited to just two keys for a while. And in fact a cheap one would only be in two keys at most. Of course I speak as an english system player/singer, could I be biased? With the english a few simple chords could get you going, which is the case with the anglo too I might add.

     

    Perhaps you should try very hard to rent or borrow an english system concertina for a while, just my opinion.

  13. Steve:

     

    You could get your customers to use your email address for a PayPal transfer - I don't think you have to have a business account and update your website for commercial transactions. Sadly, PayPal seems to be the best option for a small number of small transactions.

     

    Don.

     

    Here is another suggestion: If someone sends you a scanned copy of a charity receipt to their local Leukemia Foundation, you could email them a link to somewhere where they can download a digital copy of your CD. Dropbox or Google Drive would be easy for that, and free. Do not forget to scan the album artwork as well, and rip at a good quality bitrate or .ogg format.

     

     

    Don, thank you so much. Malcolm has already sorted me out regarding Paypal, I didn't realize I could do it with just the email address. I'll get that sorted out and look into the digital download option too. Thanks.

  14. As much as we all seem to hate dislike Paypal, and you obviously have good reasons for not offering it as a payment method, I think that it is generally accepted as the most convenient way to transfer small amounts of money in today's world, Unfortunately, most convenient equals most expensive in most cases, but I personally can live with that. My dollars would be flying in your direction right now as we speak!

     

    Thanks for raising the Paypal issue Malcolm. To have Paypal I'd have to upgrade my website to a business plan and pay an extra $30/month. Without upgrading I could use another payment provider called Stripe that processes credit cards but I could only find negative reviews for that company. I've opted for EFT into a dedicated bank account but no I haven't inquired about what sort of bank transfer fee internationals would have to pay. Seems like there's no interest from overseas anyway.

  15. Well, well, fancy that. There's been the announcement of my new CD, "The Flying Concertina" sitting down at the bottom of the page in the News and Announcements forum for a couple of weeks now with a link to the promo video of the title track. And there has been quite a lot of look ins on the thread and a fair few viewings of the video to date. However I'm a little surprised as there has been not a single comment on this song, a tribute to the use of concertina in the circus, about "the lovely young Sabrina with her Flying Concertina". Here is a song I composed especially to appeal to concertina players but there seems to be not much interest. No musings about what that little box may have done next and not a single purchase inquiry from the C.net community.

     

    I'm not sure whether to feel shunned or neglected. Or rather perhaps it's just poor promotion on my part. Well for all to appraise, the song in it's entirety is here And since I've ascertained that postage rates from Oz to anywhere international are quite high I've decided to offer those who identify as C.net members the discounted price of A$15 + postage. At current exchange rates that works out at about 18 bucks fifty US or 14 quid UK, reasonable in those parts I feel.

     

    Of course anyone could always just record the song from the link but I would hope they would consider a small donation to the Leukaemia Foundation.

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