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  1. This: https://github.com/PierreBanwarth/MIDI-concertina may be of interest to some readers here?
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    Indian concertina ?

    Quite right! My excuse is that it was ~0500 and I hadn't had my first caffeine fix of the day, and hadn't put my brains in yet! Roger
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    Indian concertina ?

    I guess that from some of the the angles shown, it looks quite a lot like the 'Indian concertina' you are referring to, which I suppose is a Shruti box? Here's Olivia Chaney using a Shruti box to accompany 'Aupres de ma blonde': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY2izR3fN_U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evp-clThEaY
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    Dating A Lachenal From The Serial Number

    Don't forget the thousands of dedicated volunteers who supply Dowright with the data for his (invaluable) database - they get thirsty too. Mine's a pint of Theakston's Mild 😎...
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    A tune what I wrote: Bright Winter's Morning

    1) Settings>ABC settings>abc2midi and tick the 'Barfly Mode' box 2) I really want it - now I have some inkling of what it is supposed to do. Ta.
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    My first composition! Dry Kindling for Doctor Mulligan

    I think I'm correct in saying that in order to get the repeat in the B music to play correctly, the last line should be: c'ge ceg |agf efg |edc Bcd |1c3g3 :|2c3|] I couldn't get it to play correctly until I made that very small change. Maybe my copy of EasyABC has been corrupted in some way - anything's possible...
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    A tune what I wrote: Bright Winter's Morning

    1) That's me - guilty as charged m'lud 😊... I now have a much better idea - thanks! 2) Ah! I also have a better understanding that the two are different - I'll be seeing the dancer at a session in 1h25m and we can talk about it - thanks again. I will also try your tune (at least the first few bars) on the assembled multitude...
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    A tune what I wrote: Bright Winter's Morning

    Oh, joy, an unambiguous explanation of what's going on, and how to play it from the man who knows. Nothing like going to the source... Thanks very much! Roger
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    A tune what I wrote: Bright Winter's Morning

    Ah that will be why I got confused! Trying to reconcile the irreconcilable. Ta! Roger.
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    A tune what I wrote: Bright Winter's Morning

    I honestly wouldn't distinguish what I said by any such sophisticated a term as 'concept'. I was just a bit puzzled - I (mis-)interpreted what you said as hinting that a 6-note bar would be converted to a 7-note bar by doing what I suggested, further confused by my slightly hazy ideas of how to play a jig. I only got asked to play a jig in cold blood at t'Morris for the first time last week, when t'other musician (the competent one!) was actually doing the jig. I expect to get asked to do the same tonight... Good tune though!
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    A tune what I wrote: Bright Winter's Morning

    Eh? No, I don't think so? I hope not. S'truth - I'm not sure now... 'x>xx' is shorthand for 'x3/2x/2x' innit? Which is still 3 quavers in terms of total duration? Or have I got something badly wrong? It certainly appears to play OK through an ABC program (EasyABC) when I do this. Of course, it sounds fine without the '>'s, I just thought it sounded fine with 'em in too... Roger NB. It was approx 7-00am when I typed it all in, which is my excuse - I hadn't had my morning sausage, toast and marmalade - but I have now...
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    A tune what I wrote: Bright Winter's Morning

    That's rather nice! I presume that the R:Jig line in the headers means that the groups of three beamed quavers should be played as if written 'x>xx'? (Apart from R:Hornpipe, I'm a bit vague about what the R: field actually means...) Roger
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    Suggestions on an Anglo Concertina Upgrade

    That extra information and the detailed picture is extremely helpful - thank you very much! Roger
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    Suggestions on an Anglo Concertina Upgrade

    1) And also, the choice between 20 and 30 buttons (oreven summat in-between...) 2) Aye, 'twer me that bought it, if you remember - I am, like you, playing it happily for one of the local Morris sides - it's a belter, and it's so bloody loud - great! 3) Even a klutz like me can benefit from the fact that a 20-button can also stretch your abilities to try and do stuff you would normally think about doing on a 30-button. I love trying stuff like that out and then 'faking' it on the 20-button...
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    Suggestions on an Anglo Concertina Upgrade

    Ooh! what a good idea, and with a clear approach to making the modification demountable! (I presume that by drilling a discreet hole in the handle, it would be possible to screw and unscrew the leather/wood lever? The hole would be hidden by the handstrap. Would it need a threaded sleeve?) I know one folk who has commisioned a 'top modern maker' to build him a real 'tina, but who decided against the lever option because of possible future re-sale difficulties, but I might just try that on a slightly more modest instrument - thank you for the suggestion (oh! what a give-away!).
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    Suggestions on an Anglo Concertina Upgrade

    One thing about the Marcus Traveller - for its size it's VERY, VERY, LOUD - blow yer socks off two fields away. Looking at the contents of this particular thread, the OP would appear to be presented with three options: A modern 30-button hybrid A vintage 30-button real concertina A modern 21-button hybrid All are (just?) in the same ball-park as far as price goes (import duty would be an 'extra' - do we pay duty on imported vintage musical instruments?). I know which way this particular cat would jump, (though I couldn't comment on the suitability of my choice for ITM)...
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    Salvation Army Ab/Eb

    These SA instruments weren't only supplied by Lachenal. I have a 26-Button George Jones A♭/E♭ Salvation Army Anglo (Serial No. 25105). A Salvation Army crest is stamped into the right hand end, and an SA 'logo' worked into the fretting on the right hand end. There is a threaded hole on the left-hand end to receive a miniature 'lyre' (music stand). Original tuning (A ≅ 445 Hz.). (For comparison) the layout is like this: 3 2 1 1 2 3 A/B F/E♭ E/F# A/B F/E♭ E/F# Left Hand Accidentals Right Hand 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 A♭/E♭ E♭/G A♭/B♭ C/C# E♭/F A♭/G C/B♭ E♭/C# A♭/F C/G Left Hand A♭-Row Right Hand 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 E♭/B♭ B♭/D E♭/F G/A♭ B♭/C E♭/D G/F B♭/A♭ E♭/C G/D Left Hand E♭-Row Right Hand However, this is really to let you know that at least two Salvation Army tutors exist for their concertinas. The first is available on't'internet - it may be useful? These are: Herbert H. Booth, Instructions for the Salvation Army Concertina, Salvation Army Book Store, 1888. ( http://www.concertina.com/anglo/index.htm ). The Salvation Army Anglo-German and English Concertina Tutor, Salvation Army Publishing Offices, c. 1905. 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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    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.
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    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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    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
  23. 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

    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
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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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