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  1. I played piano in college, but when I graduated I no longer had access to one. I went through a diagnostic to determine what kind of instrument would best met my needs. It must be:

     

    1) Portable (I wanted to be able to take it to the park, or to shows)

    2) Chromatic (I like to modulate)

    3) Allow for singing (because I like to sing!)

    4) Have fixed pitches (I have a middling sense of intonation)

     

    There weren't many instrument that met all of the creteria. I thought about ukulele, but it seemed kind of trendy in my surroundings, and that set me against it. I saw a cheap Anglo for sale in a local music shop, bought it ... the rest is history.

     

    Steven,just wondering how you go singing with the anglo? Of course it's often used for song accompaniment but can be a bit tricky managing the push/pull aspect. And you didn't quite end up with a chromatic instrument.

     

    My entry came when I saw someone playing concer and singing. I knew instantly it was for me, much more portable than a guitar and could be used for song accompaniment. I made inquires and was advised english was best for singing...the rest is history.

  2. I am guessing that the outer disk is only needed for transposing and not for chord building?

     

    Yep, but you can use it to display the notes of an alternate chord in a different key from the chord you've just built. This is easiest to see if you're just working off the major or minor chord intervals (the green shading, used to be green but it's faded a bit, like me).

  3. Following Maki's F#m? thread I thought I'd share this idea. Might be most useful for english and duet players, not sure about anglo players, you may like to comment.

     

    There's all manner of sites on the internet these days on building chords but this is something I knocked up many years ago to help with chords and transposing. I still use it, it's so simple and I don't have to turn the computer on.

     

    It consists of three cardboard disks of deminishing size. The outer two have the chromatic scale around their edge. The inner one has the ionian scale(doe,ray,me....) in red numbers and also the intervals for a major and a minor chord in green shading. In the middle I've listed the intervals for various chords and sometime later I extended this list and pasted it on the back.

     

    So to determine the notes of a chord one simply rotates the inner disk so that the first or tonic number is adjacent to the tonic note of the chord desired then count up the tones.

     

     

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  4.  

    My experience suggests that half the folks

    out there are below average.( I maybe one of them.)

     

    Half of anything will be below the average. <_< :)

     

     

    How's about the australian expression " Conca" or the very english "Leather Ferret".

     

     

    I'm sure Maki was just making a little joke there Geoff but thanks for the clarification. Actually I'd say most Aussies are below average, the way we voted in the last election points to that. But we're not all that "uncoof". I may say "conca" but I spell it "concer" thankyou very much.

  5. Some musos, the ones that have the music in them, that is the natural musicians, can play and rarely make a mistake which is very frustrating for the rest of us plodders. For us, to a degree it depends on how well one knows the piece but the main requirement is to try to maintain concentration. Concentration I think is the key. I wander off frequently while playing and all of a sudden I make a mistake. So I've been trying to train myself to concentrate and I think it's starting to work.

     

    In a concert situation on stage it's a little easier because the audience is there to remind you to keep it together. But in any situation, practice, jam or performance, I try to always consciously think of the very next line or phrase of a piece or song. Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate.

  6. Yes very nice Randy.

     

     

    This notion of jazz on the concertina is alluring. I've also really enjoyed your/others contributions to the All of Me TOTM thread this month.

     

    Randy...and Stefan are masters of this allurement and the english is well suited to it. But not only jazz, there's so much modern or reasonably modern music with it's interesting complexities that is such fun to play on the concer. Think film music, country, pop (some Beatles material is nice), reggae.....try some Bob Marley.

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    And it would be fabulous of someone could record it and let me hear what it sounds like!

     

     

    I know this is a ancient thread, but I had reason to look into where I'd got a copy of "Round the Samovar" which is in the list above (many thanks!), since I made a rough recording of it many years ago. So I thought I'd post that here, in case it had slipped under the radar... It's a very nice arrangement, I think.

     

    http://rowlhouse.co.uk/concertina/music/samovar.mp3

     

     

    Thank you for reposting Danny, this is really inspiring in its rhapsodic approach...!

     

    Best wishes - Wolf

     

     

    I'll second that Wolf. What a delightful little piece (pity it's such a rough recording...- I think not). Can't say I could fault the playing at all Mr RatFace. Perhaps my critical appreciation is just not refined enough! In the last week I've made the first tentative steps to learn this which will take me some length of time.

     

    Now I'm so glad RatFace has another name.

  8. I've recently had the opportunity to play a Lachenal Edeophone treble EC and was surprised that air usage was more than double my Wheatstone 21. Both instruments are six fold with slight leakage, the Edeophone slightly greater. An EGC (c chord) from nothing to full expansion took approx. 11 seconds on the 21 and only 5 seconds on the Edeo.

     

    Is this a normal characteristic of Lachenals?

  9. In Oz it's

     

    All for me grog, me jolly jolly grog,

    All for me beer and tobacco.

    For I spent all me tin in a shanty drinking gin,

    Now across the western plains I must wander.

     

    Jolly grog, jolly nonsense. Always jolly nice to hear your songs mate. I've been enjoying listening to your album.

     

    Cheers Steve.

  10. Very nice Wolf. What a charming little song, well performed.

     

    You are really leading the way in song accompaniment on Cnet. Keep it up. I've noticed quite a few other members have mentioned in posts that they accompany themselves, so the concer is being used a fair bit out there for singing. And it's such a great little instrument for that. If we keep posting songs perhaps eventually it will encourage a few othe first time song posters to share. Goodness, I don't regard my singing voice as anything special so hopefully others won't be discouraged by a perceived inadequacy.

     

    However I won't be posting anything for a little while now, sorry. It's over to you Wolf, and some others hopefully.

     

    Cheers Steve.

  11. Very nice Wolf, I don't think your voice is too prominent, perfect balance in fact. After hearing you do this I feel I should learn Fiddler's Green. It would be a good addition to my repetoir and not too difficult on the concer. And as a bonus if I relearn the words of another song, an Aussie one, I used to sing, The Dying Stockman, I'd have two new songs.

     

    The songs go on. I've another to post soon. English is great for accompaniment, not too heavy.

     

    Cheers Steve.

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