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Noel Ways

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  1. I have felt for a long time that what determines a good musician from otherwise is how well they recover from an “error.” The “error” becomes a springboard or call to action to lead the melody or harmony (or both) in the direction that one desires. Alternatively, a “wrong” note frequently adds a little dissonance and needs to be resolved, and this can make the music more exciting and colorful. Most of my playing involves coming up with a melody in my head and then harmonizing it, sometimes spontaneously or sometimes after I have run through the tune a time or two. It is a constant exercise in resolving dissonance and leading the melody to a final resolution.
  2. This brings back such bad memories of when I had my Peacock. Humidity. I bet if you put the concertina in a controlled environment, the concertina will correct itself without any invasive assistance. Do you have a dehumidifier? My current concertinas are much less sensitive to drastic changes in environmental conditions. Still, nevertheless, when the humid summer months come upon us, my "tinas" do a yearly migration to an area in the home where these issues are controlled. Admittedly, it is a little inconvenient, but it works.
  3. A beauty of the concertina is its portability. When the size becomes "excessive," perhaps one should consider a free reed organ?!? https://www.youtube.com/user/ReedOrganSociety
  4. Here are two young lads doing a bang-up job!
  5. This piece that you wrote Kathryn so reminds of MrManfid's, "For Levon":
  6. A little more background … When I first started exploring the Hayden system over a decade ago, I, too (like Stephen / Robert mentions above), thought the F# was an error on the key layout diagram. The word “Typo” came to mind back then. I thought that the diagram would surely change in time, but like others also observed, it did not (and I did check). Fast forward to the present, and I have now become a “steward” of one of these bastari instruments (as of a few months ago). I had forgotten the above layout issue - until I began to play in a few keys anticipating that lower Eb. Ouch!! Since then, I have been considering having the note changed from F# à to Eb, but before moving in that direction, I sought concertina.net’s input – which you have provided. Thanks again; this has been most helpful. I am leaning strongly to move in that direction.
  7. Can anyone tell me why the original Hayden layout (for the left hand) has an F# next to the lower F and not a Eb? I'm sure the answer is straight forward, but it just does not make sense. Many thanks in advance. Screen shot of layout attached.
  8. Hear are videos of this instrument in action
  9. Below is a nice documentary of using the concertina in education and in a group setting.
  10. That was a feast! The music had a particular depth and feeling. I have never been a connoisseur of poetry, but there have been a few exceptions. The recitation of the poem at the end is one of the few. I am also amazed that the music was done on a lowly 20 button anglo (maybe I should not consider it "lowly" anymore)!
  11. Keep your dog!! Perhaps this thread will provide some encouragement:
  12. There are several videos by this group which are sweet. This one boasts a concertina. I suspect that this group is new to most of us, so thought it worth sharing. Best
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