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  1. I think maybe it is being held between flat palms, with the thumb and index finger 'bracketing' the thumb loops giving rise to the illusion that the index fingers are passing through the thumb loops?
  2. Bearing in mind the fact that I rather hi-jacked the thread to ask about Anglos, both of those observations are very helpful, and will allow me come to some sort of 'rational' decision about how to proceed with my own project. I guess the second comment might be re-cast for the Anglo as something like: "Beyond four sharps and three flats on the Anglo keyboard, the frequent need to shift to and from the accidentals row rapidly causes the whole exercise to breakdown."? It's certainly giving me a headache when I've tried it - albeit briefly. I did a very rough count of the number of tunes in 3-flats in a couple of large (~13,000 and ~8000 tunes) ABC files , and it came to ~170 and ~120 - in the order of 1.5%, so maybe it's not worth bothering too much about 3-flats. It was a bit of a shove to include 4-sharps... Ta.
  3. I hope this isn't wandering too far off-topic, but this has some relevance for me at the moment. Does this apply to the 30-button Anglo too? I have a project in hand which involves looking at tunes in 1-, 2-, etc. sharps, and 1-, 2-, etc. flats. I've 'intuitively' stopped at exactly the range of sharps and flats Don mentions, and am wondering whether to go any further - for example. there seem to be a reasonable number of tunes kicking around in Eb or Cm (3-flats). They certainly become increasingly difficult to play on an Anglo. Should I just shrug my shoulders and transpose to an Anglo-friendly key(*), or should I soldier on with the weird keys? ------- (*) 'Friendly' for G/D. C/G. or Bb/F instruments. Obviously, something in Bb is fine for a Bb/F, but may be awkward on a G/D...
  4. (1) I did wonder, but I'm always a little reluctant to come to a 'conclusion' like that, because basically, I'm still a musical numptie - almost everyone knows more about this stuff than me. There is some ABC stuff out there though which looks a little peculiar, whether you look at it as a musician, or as a programmer... (2) Montreal Sessions web page: http://www.montrealsession.ca/collections/minstrelsy.php The tunes are presented piecemeal though, not as a single collection. (3) It was the slightly peculiar title which I spotted first - the "Bonny/Bonnie Lad" is what I've known for about the last 50 years. I only saw the (now notorious) M:4/4l later. (4) Yup! Dozens... (5) Which is a damn sight further than I would have taken it. You must be even more persistent than me...? Ta! PS. Oh, yes, I think the original source of these occurrences of M:4/4l may be the ABCEdit database? That wasn't where I found the original example I cited, but most of the others I spotted seemed to be in that database.
  5. Fair comment. Here's an example. As it happens, it's from a source which no longer exists (or I couldn't find it just now when I tried to download a fresh copy, which is a pain!). I wasn't actually 'working on it'. I just spotted it and was curious. That 'l' sure do look like a '|' don't it? The only other thing I can think of is that the file has been corrupted ever so slightly at some time...
  6. Which just about wraps it up, I think! I always forget to look at the standard...?
  7. I'd be inclined to think the same, but I've seen it several times, sometimes more than once in the same tune (where there is more than one change of meter). (1) Yes it's a lower case 'l' - 80 times, including one embedded meter change ( [M:4/4l] was meant, but it was incorrectly formatted). (2) And consistently mis-typed the '|' as a 'l'? That's a thought - I've known stranger things happen. I'm inclined to think that your suggestion that 'some software actually allows it', might well be the answer though(*). Either that, or some sort of personal 'secret code' with a meaning for the original transcriber. I think they are all going to get edited out... Thanks each - I just wanted to check that I wasn't missing something subtle, but vital... -------------------------------------------------- (*) Non-standard extensions to a standard language! Some software developers don't know when to leave well enough alone! Every Fortran compiler I ever used had such non-standard extensions. They were a pain in the neck!
  8. I've just com across a slightly strange meter specification in an old ABC file. It is M:4/4l (that's a lower case 'l', not the digit '1'). As far as I can see, this has no effect on the score or on the MIDI playback. I can't find anything about this in the documentation. Anyone have an idea what this might be for? Thank you.
  9. The spec' for this instrument is here, though the McNeela web site is rather irritating, with constant pop-ups getting in the way of actually looking at the information. AFAICS, the site does not directly address the question of where the things are made, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that they were actually assembled in Ireland (which may mean Chinese parts, of course).
  10. I tried a CC (English) recently. I think I'm correct in saying that the Rochelle is the same size. The larger size (7 1/4" ax the flats IIRC) was a huge disadvantage as far as I was concerned. Oops! I meant 7 1/4"!
  11. My pleasure! If you have any specific comments, particularly relating to the specific note/button allocations, please let me know. Thank you.These note/button allocations are entirely arbitrary at the moment, and I am keen to get feed-back which will allow me to make a more 'optimal' choice when there is more than one option for a particular note. Email to rjhare at outlook dot com is the preferred contact route.
  12. Yup! (1) ...but the 'system' disintegrated early on. I was using the w: field, and it doesn't extend far enough to the left to allow the insertion of the "Push" or "Pull". Text annotations are no good either because they follow the base of the note ('following the bouncing ball...'). This is what happens in the system I use, but it don't work here. Interspersing text (%%text...) in the middle of the music was just too messy, so yes, 'there didn't seem any point in pursuing it'. I guess that someone could write a CADB-based 'tablature' file specifically for ABC, but not this pilgrim...? [I should add that all this blew up because I'm acting as a low-profile 'mentor' for a new player (if you knew how rotten a player I am, you would larf, and larf, and larf at that idea!). I still don't know exactly how this chap intends to use this CADB system (email only at the moment...).] (2) Me? I was outraged. How dare these folk make life even more difficult for me than it already is?? I've looked at 5 systems (6 if you count this CADB system). Let's call the first 5 the MB, ABT, PI, CS and GC systems. I elected (~4-5 years ago) to go for MB and finally ABT (which looks very much like MB if you pull the two apart and look at the fine detail). These 2 both have the advantage of simplicity and brevity, and are easy to integrate into an existing score. I do have 5 pages of closely packed notes about my 'experiments' though - I read them when I want to fall asleep quickly...? (3) I entirely agree with what you say. I quite deliberately looked for a system which would provide me with the minimum information to allow me to get some sort of a tune, but which would force me to: (a) sharpen up my 'ear'oling' skills, and (b) learn to sight-read. Getting there - very slowly, but getting there... I never though about 30+ button instruments. Bother!
  13. I'd already seen your post (and others) about this one on melodeon.net. I think you and your fellow 'detectives' do a great job spotting these frauds, and alerting the community to them. Thank you.
  14. That's the very first time I have seen foul language on concertina.net in what - 5 years? I hope it's the last! Later edit: I have been informed that the OP has been 'persuaded' to edit her foul language out of the post about which I complained. I have been asked to edit my complaint accordingly. I have now complied with this request, and edited my original complaint. It's a pity that I felt it necessary to complain in the first place. I would have preferred not to be put in a position where I felt it was necessary. This forum is a very civilised one, and complaints are only needed on the very rare occasions when folks with no respect for other peoples sensitivities, or other cultural mores post offensive attitudes or language. I can remember only one other such occasion in the 5-6 years I have been looking at this forum. I will always complain about such posts,
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