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    Traditional music & Morris, Sailing, Shogi (Japanese Chess),
    postcard collecting, 'N' gauge model railways.
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    PDF Reader for Android

    Don, thank you - I was a bit puzzled when I couldn't see anything in ES Explorer. I will look at it later... Thanks again. Roger.
  2. lachenal74693

    PDF Reader for Android

    Don, good morning, and thank you. 1) Yeah, it's because there are so many PDF readers there that I asked the question - I was wondering if any particular one was obviously 'better' than all t'others. 2) Er, yes, me too - that is why I said 'online catalogue'...☺️. I hadn't cottoned to the fact that I can do this from within ES File Explorer - I already use this program and will investigate that one, thanks for pointing it out. 3) Yes, I haven't quite sorted that one yet. I'm tempted just to leave them in the order in which they are presented in each selection/tune-book/w.h.y. 4) I don't use MuseScore much (though when I do, it's very useful). All my actual music processing is all done on the PC (usually with EasyABC). The tablet is just for 'looking' as it were, so something 'passive' is fine... 5) I do use TradMusician. The ABC player is good, (but I could wish it were a bit louder). The only 'problem' I have with TM is that if you have the 'score' option selected (as opposed to the ABC script option), it can be a bit slow to shift between tunes, so a more conventional PDF reader as a 'back-up' is good for quickly flicking between scores at sessions and dance-outs. Thanks for the input - helpful, and has given me a couple of ideas - I will certainly be looking at the ES File Explorer option.. Roger.
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    PDF Reader for Android

    I put this here 'cos I want to carry PDFs of scores around with me for learning purposes - best I could do... Can anyone recommend a PDF reader for Android tablets, other than Adobe Acrobat? I've used Sumatra on my PCs for the last couple of years, but I can't see a version for Android, and looking at what's available in the online 'catalogue', I can't see anything which immediately grabs me by the short hairs. Thank you. Roger.
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    Re-hosting of Anglo fingering generator

    Hm! Prompted by Jim Van Donsel's original post, and irritated by my own lack of moral fibre in following up on the similar application for melodeon which I mentioned in my original response to Jim's post, I have now created a very crude and (as yet incomplete) tabbing program for the 20-button G/D concertina. I suspect that my approach is rather different than either Jim's or the melodeon application (which, from memory put the tabs into the w: field of the tune). I have created a stand-alone program which runs on my computer, rather than remotely on a web page (I don't know how to do that, and no longer have a web site in any case...). The (as yet incomplete) program currently is only for a 20-button G/D Anglo. It is a simple .exe file and has to be explicitly run from within the command prompt window rather than by clicking on an icon on the desktop. I will be looking at a way round this problemette when I have a fully functioning program. It is a 'batch' program - that is it will process a file containing many ABC tunes. It is very 'clunky' code, but the (incomplete) prototype version has just ~95% successfully tabbed a file containing 700+ tunes in ~1.6 seconds cpu time and, not much more elapsed time. 95%? - it has successfully tabbed the vast majority of the notes, but some notes have not been tabbed. This is due to some dependancy on the detailed structure of the ABC code which I can't yet quite understand. As far as I can see, everything which has been done is correct, there are no incorrect tabbings. More work needed, but this will be very much a 'back-burner' project... It's not my intention to 'compete' with Jim's application, but I have been thinking about this for some time, and have finally been prodded into action. I have created this primarily for my own use/research, but if anyone wants more details, please ask. If enough people ask, I will post a slightly more detailed description here, and think about how to smarten it up a bit... Roger
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    Re-hosting of Anglo fingering generator

    1) Someone posted something similar on melodeon.net for a D/G melodeon a while back. It was written in Perl and I thought I might try something similar for the 'tina (possibly by just editing the code to replace the strings in the look-up tables with strings suitable for the G/D 'tina. However, I couldn't get Perl to install on my machine(s), so I abandoned the idea (Let's face it folks, I chickened out!). 2) I tried it with a tune in G. I transposed the tune to C, generated the code with fingerings, transposed back to G, and as the 'tina is a transposing instrument, I had the fingerings for the G/D 'tina. I generated the PDF file and it looked OK. 3) Shuffles feet awkwardly, and says "Dunno 'guv - my programming skills are 15 years out of date"... Nice idea - especially for those of us (like me) who frequently add fingering details to scores. PM with more details sent. Roger
  6. Agreed - I use 'em on long train journeys - when I can get a train, that is (I live in Northern Rail territory!). Unfortunately, they don't filter out the announcements about over-priced refreshments after every station though. Serious point, which I think I may have made before. If you do use these silicone based ear-plugs, do be careful when removing them. The seal is so good that if you just pull the buggers out, you'll pull your brains out at the same time! They usually come with a short leaflet describing how to remove these things safely. Oh, aye, buy them at an industrial clothing/safety equipment supplier - they will be a fraction of the price you'll pay at a pharmacy.
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    Buttrey manuscript

    and here... There is a potted bio of Ian Bell (and the rest of t'Buttrey team) on the web site - doesn't mention 'Friends of Fiddlers Green' though..
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    Buttrey manuscript

    Don, all part of the service 😁... I did wonder if the link to the Ontario Traditional Music site might yield results, but hadn't checked it out yet - I'm transcribing a few tunes from the Buttrey site first, to see what they sound like. The Buttrey site is amazing - many of the scores in the manuscript are interspersed with wonderful little drawings. The amount of work put into the original must have been enormous - as is the amount of work put in by the team of heroes who are in the process of resurrecting this MS. To me, it looks as if this manuscript is really quite 'important' as it seems to have lots of illustrations, and detailed descriptions of the Battle of mumble-mumble in 1805 by someone who was in the British Army at the time, and all sortys of other amazing stuff... Glad you found summat worth looking at... Roger
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    Buttrey manuscript

    This is effectively a x-post from melodeon.net where a recent thread has spotlighted a collection which may be of interest to some readers of this forum: https://buttreymilitarysocialtunes1800.wordpress.com/ Roger
  10. lachenal74693

    Elastic band

    I use a suitable length of bungee cord tied into a loop. Use a good knot though - I recommend a double sheet bend.
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    Why Give Up

    1) Different strokes for different folks - I think the melodeon is more difficult than the concertina... 2) Moi aussi - though it took me 40 years before the penny dropped, and I took up the concertina...
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    Really a Crabb?

    You beat me to it - absolutely - I won't be paying any attention to Darnton's posts in the future - they are clearly garbage - I have at least 2 Lachenals which are very, very good indeed. Roger
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    Hornpipe and polka rhythms?

    There's another one here: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=VoQXAQAAIAAJ I can't remember if it was mentioned in the original Sessions thread, the mel.net thread, or somewhere else, so I may be repeating what has gone before, but just in case, it also looks like good stuff. It's the Lancashire Hornpipe paper starting on p.140... Roger
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    Hornpipe and polka rhythms?

    I had a quick look. Interesting indeed. There is a pointer to what looks like an interesting article at: http://www.academia.edu/1492605/The_triple_Time_Hornpipe. I also found the following in the catalogue of the Henry Watson Music Library (I assume this is the library mentioned, I also assume it's the same 'Walsh'): A bibliography of the musical works published by John Walsh during the years 1695-1720 A bibliography of the musical works published by the firm of John Walsh during the years 1721-1766 I couldn't find the actual tune book in the catalogue, but I must try and suss it out next time I'm in. It may be in the Reference section two floors further up, or in the rare books stack. The staff in this library are always helpful, so if they have it, they'll find it for me. They let me transcribe ''The Manchester Ship Canal Waltz' from the original sheet music a few months ago (don't ask - I did it for a very laboured 'joke', the tune itself is 'orrible). Manchester Central Library is one of the world's great libraries! They have three pianos and a drum-kit in the music library, and a table football game in the Business Library... Roger
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    New British £50 note.

    Now, that is damn' interesting. Do you by any chance know of a reference where this idea is explained in more detail? It's about time I brushed up the Physics I did 40+ years ago, and that sounds like as good a place as any to start... Ta. Roger