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  1. Very nice, I did enjoy your accompaniment of this song Stuart although I don't know the song and wasn't that taken by it. But you're accompaniment is quite light compared to some of your other offerings and I found that pleasant to my ear. Also listened to Da Stockit Light, very nice, enjoyed.

  2. Oh no! This thread almost passed me by. Did notice it at the beginning of the month but then forgot, busy times. And it's exactly what I'm most enthusiastic about, doing stuff, particularly songs, that aren't normally done with the concer.

     

    I've enjoyed all the offerings here, especially the sung versions, thanks all. Stefan, when's the CD coming out mate?

     

    I'm still very busy with work and preparing for the National Folk Festival at Easter here in Oz so not sure if can get a contribution up before then. We'll see. Agree it's a great enduring song, perhaps because of it's calypso beat and exoctic lyrics.

  3. Very nice Randy, I do enjoy your playing. You know I bought my very first (usable) concertina from Boris when passing through NY in 1974. Saw an ad in the Times that changed my life. I think he was getting these concers from Italy. That one is long gone from my possession but served me well for a while.

     

    Cheers Steve

  4. Hello Mart,

     

    I was wondering what that hornpipe was.

     

    That was a little joke of course, I'm sure you realised. Just my not very funny sense of humour. But I'm so glad you responded as you did.

     

    Hi Steve - hope things are their usual laid-back self over there. The hornpipe is "The Wonder Hornpipe" hence Wonder/whoopee.

     

    you can find it here - https://thesession.org/tunes/337

     

     

    Now I have the notation and will endeavour to learn it in the event our paths should ever cross. And yes things are so laid back down here we can't even figure out who's running the country, if anyone is. Who cares anyway.

     

    Cheers Steve.

  5. Is Tony fit for the job ? He looked exhausted when you put him back in the box.

     

    Tony is definately not fit for the job. I may have to make a new puppet soon, there's rumblings within his own party about dumping him as PM.

     

     

    Steve, Very well done! It sounds like you have your Parnassus well played in. Did you carve the marionette? Jim

     

    Hi Jim. Yes I play the parnassus a lot, some hours each day or at least most days.

     

    The body and limbs of the puppet were done with a router and a coarse sanding disk on my electric drill and set up in a vice. The head is paper mache and was quite involved. First I made a play dough version from which I made a plaster cast mould then finally the paper mache was cast in that. It's on a spring so it wobbles a bit.

     

    Perhaps sometime for a non political version I'll make a sailor or a swagman.

  6. After being inspired by Jody and Alex I have knocked up a marionette of our Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott who is a fitness fanatic and widely lampooned for wearing "budgie smugglers", a brief swimsuit, when he goes surfing. As a politician he certainly lacks integrity (surprised?) so I have no misgivings about lampooning him. Here he is.post-10768-0-92684600-1421922028_thumb.jpg

     

    And there's a video too, of him and his mate Rupert Murdoc, busking all in a good cause. Tony is dancing to Rupert's tune.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elAj35NgY9o

     

    To allow more freedom I went for a free standing set-up rather than having the string tied to my leg. So he's operated by a foot peddle which doesn't give great control over his movements. But that doesn't matter. Kids and adults were fascinated and delighted with him and he certainly greatly increased the fund raising. Concertina is so suited to this folk art form. The sound isn't great and I fudged a bit in the first bit by over dubbing what was originally a different tune. And my first time cameraman came up with some interesting angles!

  7. Hello Sharon,

     

    Welcome, welcome, welcome. I do hope you enjoy your journey with the english concertina. It is a great little instrument for all sorts of music styles.

     

    A couple of years ago I was talking to a musical friend, a very accomplished musician, and regarding myself as a plodder I said I'll never be a musician like you. I said you've got it in your bones whereas I have to really work at it. He said no,no I work at it, musicians like me work at it. I still don't agree, some people just have what it takes but I thought OK I'm gonna work at it and we'll see what happens.

     

    That was maybe two years ago and I've been working, some hours(2 -3) each (most) days. It does make a difference. Not everyone is or can be as motivated. Whatever, as long as it's enjoyable. But what what you get out will be proportional to what you put in.

     

    Seasons greetings to you and to all.

     

    Cheers Steve

  8. Hi Steve,

     

    where are you in Australia? I lived there in the 1990's in Pambula Beach near Merimbula - great spot!

     

    Well,well. Did you ever get out to the Robbie Burns, at Wyndham? That's where I am, at Wyndham not the pub (well sometimes). Just up the road from Pambula Beach. Truly great spot, this area, close enough to heaven for me.

  9. Welcome Mart (oops, sounds like a retail chain, sorry),

     

    Anyway, welcome to C-net. Really enjoyed this peice, lovely take, lovely touch. Didn't pick up the "bits that need sorting" on first listen.

     

    Just a critique about the video. I think a video is for watching as well as listening, yours didn't really grab me. Couldn't see your face to start with. Who is this mystery guy? I guess it's sort of an arty scene but I think your rendition could hold its own just as audio, on soundcloud for example, without the video.

     

    But that's just my opinion. Please post more, whether video or audio.

  10. I'm very proud to present my brand new concertina made by Wim Wakker, The Parnassus. It's been with me a couple of months now but I've refrained from posting any audio till now. It won't really be broken in for perhaps another twelve months and also the recordings don't sound as good as it is live. I've only recorded it with my H2zoom digital recorder, not my usual microvox. I'll never stick mics on this concer.

     

    It plays beautifully, fast and smooth, it's loud and with a pure sort of tone. It's volume is is making me more aware of dynamics but still my accompaniment in these videos is a little loud. Still working on the light touch. Of course it's really good for tunes, one time when playing with other instruments my wife said it cut through with it's clear tone. But I don't play tunes much, it's songs for me.

     

    These two are a couple you might not normally hear with concertina, fun to play and fitting to debut my Parnassus. Hopefully Wim will enjoy. In both I use the D# or G# as an alternative to the Eb or Ab. I did consider a meantone tuning but decided to go with equal temperament because of some of the songs I do.

     

    My Canary has Circles Under His Eyes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWBoWc_HQkk&list=UUO39EOc_UVf728cjv8zl-9Q

     

    Hernando's Hideaway

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVvofBrCMew&list=UUO39EOc_UVf728cjv8zl-9Q

     

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    So is this the finest english concertina on the planet? Well one of six to date. Time will determine it's standing. I think it's wonderful, a very fine instrument. I'm interested to hear all critical comment. Considered critique is difficult of course without hands on but nevertheless don't hold back. About the instrument or the playing. Please try to refrain from commenting upon the countenance of the player.

  11. Steve, in what way would the English be easier?

    Perhaps I'm not really qualified to answer that since I don't play the duet. However on the duet if you want to play the melody on one side and some sort of chord or bass accompaniment on the other I think it would be a bit more involved than playing a simple melody line or a simple chord accompaniment on the english. Of course you can do just the same on the duet, simple melody line or chords, without putting the two together. So in that respect I guess one could say the duet shouldn't any more difficult than the english. Trumped myself.

     

    But you'll still have to decide the kind of accompaniment you'd like for your songs. Then learn how to do it!

  12. I was going to quote from some of the recent posts above but decided all of the advice offered is pretty well spot on. As Wolf says the concer that most suits you will be the one that suits your accompaniment style. As Lukasz says it may depend on price (and availability).

     

    You may have already done this but if you go back through the posts on the video and recordings forum there's a wealth of examples of accompaniment using all the different concertina systems. IMO the duet and english systems would probably be most suitable with the english being a little easier. However some wonderful and very impressive accompaniments are performed with the anglo.

     

    For me the english system is quite adequate. Sure some different (more full sounding) things can be done with the other systems but I quite like the lighter, more sparse accompaniment of the english. But of course it depends on the song and upon how accomplished the player is.

     

    The song is the most important aspect. The accompaniment is to support the song, not overwhelm it. If you're not a concer player already you've certainly some way to go. I suspect you'll just have to make a judgement call about a system, pay the money and not entertain regrets. But do try for a reasonable quality concertina if you can afford it.

  13. G'day Jim,

     

    On both Push and Pull it produced the full chord sound, on average, for between 7 and 8 seconds.

    Out of curiousity, I performed what I belive to be a typical bellows tightness test I.e. holding one end while the other end fell free, vertically to full extension. On average it was 20 seconds.

     

    mmmm....on mine it takes about 5 seconds to full expansion and that's with an extra fold. Perhaps the set of the reeds just uses more air. I think I'll see what can be done about it (if anything) one day. The tone of course is gorgeous. It does have a bit of a leak too, my bellows tightness test takes about 18 seconds.

  14. Congratulations Jim, a nice addition to your stable. I notice it's only got five fold bellows and wonder about the air economy. Does it require a lot of squeezing? How many seconds does it take to go from zero to full extension with moderate pressure when holding a C chord, e,g,c above middle c?

     

    I enquire because I too aquired an Edeo some little time back and it's wonderful except the air economy is not great compared to my other concers. Mine is six fold so just wondering how we compare?

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