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About CaryK

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    Chatty concertinist

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    Concertina, Irish Music/History, Geology, Reading (History, Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy)
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    Western New York, USA
  1. CaryK

    Is The Concertina For Me?

    Chemnitzer is vastly different from an accordion in terms of how it is played.
  2. CaryK

    Bad Habits

    I've certainly developed and worked on various bad habits in playing over the years. Some I've improved on, others are still with me. It all comes down to practice time for me. When I am able to practice regularly (not necessarily for long periods of time) I find I can improve upon poor habits whereas practicing for a long period, but infrequently doesn't allow me to carry over newly learned good habits to the next practice. BTW, just recently purchased a vintage Chemnitzer from a cousin. It's been fun to play (a little) and to me is even more challenging than the Anglo. I hope to be able to play Polish music with it ultimately, but the Anglo is still my main squeeze.
  3. CaryK

    Herr Roloff's Farewell

    Very nice. Good choice.
  4. CaryK

    Colin Dipper Instrument #47 C/g Anglo

    That would be the air button. It's located on the right-hand side of the concertina not the left and typically operated by the thumb. All 30-button anglos have 31 buttons when you include the air button.
  5. CaryK

    Baro Concertina !?

    If really interested in a Stagi, you might want to try the Buffon Box. They carry a pretty nice assortment of various Stagis and they tune and prep them to make sure they are playable when you purchase one. I had one from them that worked well from day one until I eventually upgraded. It was a nice starter instrument for me, much better than the Rochelle, which I also tried. Go to http://www.buttonbox.com
  6. CaryK

    A Remarkable Young Anglo Player

    I assume its so he can move the concertina around in space for its acoustic effects. Can't do that as well while your seated. This fellow is one amazing talent and his finale in the last few minutes is out of this world. If you close you eyes you'd swear that a concertina orchestra of a half-dozen instruments are playing.
  7. CaryK

    Concertina In Public Education

    Interesting you bring this up. Last year I was spending some time as a substitute elementary teacher in the local public school system. My final assignment was to spend about 30 full days with the same youngster who had been segregated from his classes because of violence issues. He did have a lot of needs. One of the books we were reading together was called "Bud, not Buddy" a really wonderful story about an African-American boy during the Great Depression in Michigan. In one scene in the book "Bud" is in a shanty town where someone is singing "Shenandoah" one evening. My student absolutely loved this book. Because he was barred from attending his normal in-school music class I brought in a 20b C-G Anglo each day and taught him how to read the simple melody line from Shenandoah sheet music. I played along with him. It took a couple of weeks, but he got pretty good and even starting adding his own made up chords to make it sound better. At the end of our 30 days, I got the principal to come in and listen to him play. This kid didn't get much praise at school, but his concertina playing won him some kudos that day. The only difficulty this student had with the concertina was its size. He had very small hands and even at their tightest the hand straps were not quite right and the button distances were a challenge. But he persevered and did pretty well in spite of the fact that I am not a music teacher and a mediocre musician, at best I think the concertina would be make a great music teaching tool for general music classes as its a very easy instrument to begin with (but, of course, takes a long time to really master). Unfortunately, its expense (for even a semi-decent student model) may make it impractical in many school districts.
  8. CaryK

    Do I Need Chords

    You are not alone Conrad. When I cease being able to hear my playing in a group my fingers tend to walk about also. My solution has been to "hear" the music in my head, focus on that, and trust that my fingers are following what my brain is playing internally. It usually seems to work out. This practice also helps me to play solo in front of others without losing the tune through distraction or nervousness.
  9. CaryK

    40B Anglo Bastari (Metal End) On Ebay Usa Ends 10Dec

    Owned a C-G Stagi that was actually quite playable and had a nice sound. Only sold it when I upgraded concertinas. This one could be a good one; might be worth the price.
  10. CaryK

    Anglo Concertina Chords Maker

    Very handy. Thanks for posting. Cary
  11. Bob, What changes in playability of the Rochelle do you modifications result in? Cary
  12. CaryK

    Why Do I Keep Making Mistakes?

    David, I can certainly identify with your experience. For me it is concentration on the tune or section that works to minimize mistakes. But not the kind of "bearing down" concentration one envisions when that word is used. What seems to work for me is to not let my mind wander from the tune. I tend to daydream while I play and this is when I make the most mistakes. But if I focus my daydreaming on the tune itself, that is, if I allow myself to hear the tune in my head (and focus on that) as I'm playing, then the effect is almost magical and I find I can play tunes with few or any mistakes. This works really well when I'm practicing by myself. However, on the very rare occasions when I play with others, I find myself timid about just letting the tune in my head control my fingers. I still try on those occasions to force my fingers to remember where they should be rather than trust that my memory of the tune will put my fingers in the right places at the right time. Still a work in progress, but the rewards wouldn't be as sweet if this all came easily. Cary
  13. CaryK

    Yes, My Friends!

    Takes me back to watching "3 Stooges" movies. Loved it.
  14. Cartagena is a wonderfully vibrant place and extremely humid. At least when I was there in January. Not sure of the reed corrosion issue, but you might want to take along some bags of dessicant to keep in your concertina case. You can find dessicant pouches through the internet and this is a useful link as well. http://musicsorbonline.com/product/ Best wishes to you in Colombia.