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Everything posted by linrose

  1. Learning some old Jazz tunes. They sound so good on the EC.
  2. I read that news article about ebooks and if folks are reading E-books on laptops and tables I'm not surprized, it's like staring into headlights while reading. I read my books on a kindle and it's pure joy. Printed works are the best but I've got hundreds of books, sheet music and manuals on the kindle - it would weight a quarter ton. Linrose BTW - Is your tutor still in print?
  3. And if the terrorists demands aren't met in 24 hours, they will drop off ANOTHER accordion!!
  4. Wow! without the use of your thumb that looks really tough to play.
  5. Just guessing but perhaps those are novelty buttons (keys for special sounds: whistles, birdcalls, baby cries, etc.). For those Spike Jones moments during a song when you simply must have a 'Car Horn' (or something funny) to complete the performance.
  6. Maybe you should verify the notes with an electronic tuner (maybe you have already) but if the notes DONT match the photo you attached, then you definitely have a problem. Then as RWL said you'll have to perform some surgery...it doesn't sound like something done on purpose. Good luck
  7. "I have become obsessed with the door knockers of England. " HA! I thought you were going to launch into a rant about canvassers, sales people and religious groups waking you up on a Saturday morning. Now it sounds as though you are in dire need of a support group for unhealthy obsessions. The funnest post I've read on this forum.
  8. Whenever I feel like I've flattened, lost control or frustrated at stupid mistakes I run through the scales and a few exercises using a metronome. Increasing the speed when I'm able to do it perfectly 4-5 times in a row. Gradually pushing the speed as much as I can. That 'rushed & uncertain feeling' is diminished when I go back to regular playing and any feelings of improvement help keep me motivated during those low periods.
  9. I started out with a Jackie (last year), it's a great starter concertina. You won't miss those those extra keys for a while and getting just 30 keys under your control will take some time and effort. By the time you feel ready for an upgrade you'll have a better idea of the sound and feel that makes you want to keep playing.
  10. Take it to one of those big-box electronic stores or a Batteries-R-Us type store.
  11. If you start growing huge man-boobs I'll never touch a green concertina again.
  12. Well don't leave us hanging, what was it?
  13. I played a ‘Jackie’ for 6 months – begin last January. It is a great starter instrument and I’m glad I went that route. You get a basic instrument to try out plus while you’re teaching your fingers where the keys are you have time to think about what you want in an upgrade(I recently upgraded to a sweet little used Albion – lots of overtime hours $$ ). Everyone has their own goals and learning preferences so try out a bunch of different tutors. I’m using the Frank Butler tutor, a few of the ‘harder, more challenging’ exercise pages from the Salvation Army tutor plus a scattering of tunes pulled off the web (works for me). The first 3-4 months was a real slog but it gets better . Have fun!
  14. When I first started playing the concertina (a whole 6 months ago!) of the many tunes I listened to and started playing I wondered why the tunes by this fellow named O'carolan where so much different than most others. His tunes are wonderful, touching and roll around in your head for days no matter how many times I play them. Thanks for the links, I didn't realize he was the Mozart of Irish melody.
  15. I tried both a Morse Albion and a Rose before deciding to buy a Morse Albion. They are both wonderful concertinas made by expert craftsmen with many,many satisfied customers. I got the Albion because the sound it made spoke to me and every time I pick it up - I fall in love with it all over again.
  16. This guy explains it fairly well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGTT_VK2kVY
  17. Have you verified that your system meets the feature support requirements? updates & software release levels?
  18. It looks like the case could use a bit of TLC and some cream polish...
  19. Yikes! That piece looks frightful plus I see double-sharps sprinkled about. He's only been playing for two weeks !
  20. That last one looks like a real bellows control challenge!
  21. Jeff, I've been playing almost 4 months now and I'm about half way through the Frank Butler tutor (the tunes are getting harder as he adds more complex fingering but it's a great tutor). For each of my practice sessions I mix in some exercises from the Salvation Army tutor pages 15, 17, 19, and 27. These exercises cover scales, thirds, sixth, and triplets. Then I make an attempt at playing one (or two) tunes from Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook (the slow, easy ones). If there's any time left I grab a fake-book and try to work through a song with lots of sharps & flats...still sounds very ugly but a little less ugly than yesterday.
  22. FYI: There is also a facebook page available for Selling Concertinas.
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