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  1. I hate to interject, but you realise that a brand new professional Edgley can be had for about $3000 Canadian, which with current exchange rates translates to $2000 US? Great instruments, btw. Lincoln
  2. The other day as I was passing through US Customs in Boston, the official asked me to take the concertina out and demonstrate that I could play it. After a successful demonstration the official explained, a bit apologetically, that if I were trying to smuggle drugs inside the instrument I probably wouldn't have known how to play. Dubious assumptions about the musical abilities of smugglers aside, it looks like the tina narrowly escaped having its bellows knifed by the DEA! Lincoln
  3. I've taken mine as a carry on at least eight times on various domestic and international carriers using a hard Storm case. I also bring a backpack and a small roller suitcase. Never have I been forced to check it. The only issue is that I am ALWAYS required to open the concertina case for inspection at security and explain what it is. Apparently it looks suspicious on the X-ray.
  4. I started out with Alan Day's tutor, but got frustrated with the audio going too quick to follow what was going on with the left hand. Then I switched to Gary Coover's book "Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style" and found learning from dots and tablature to be very effective in picking up accompaniment patterns while at the same time learning some beautifully arranged pieces. Everyone will have a different learning style, but this is what worked for me. Lincoln You should check out Alan Day's tutor; it will take you much farther than a single tune. It's currently available here. It's an audio tutor, though there's also a PDF of all the tunes (thanks to David Barnert) and a bit of explanation. Note that the above link is a directory of all the files comprising the tutor. Please begin by reading the one web page at the beginning: "00 - About-These-Files.htm". It advises you to download the individual files to your own computer and access them from there. This saves both you and Etan (the owner of that web site) from being charged for repeated downloads. You could download them all "at once" (though I still had to do them individually), or simply each one when you're ready to use it. Enjoy!
  5. I've got one of those rugged waterproof storm cases for long term storage.
  6. Does anyone have a padded gig case they want to part with? I'm looking for something like the Fuselli gig bag shown at the top of this page: http://www.buttonbox.com/cases.html#ConcertinaCases Thanks! Lincoln
  7. The Wren uses the Wheatstone layout. Have fun! This was my first instrument as well. Lincoln
  8. Could be ulnar, also could be higher up. You can get similar symptoms from nerve entrapment in the neck.It may not even be related to your playing. See a doctor before the tingling progresses to numbness or weakness. Don't try to figure it out yourself. Lincoln
  9. I use the terminology from Gary Cooper's book, "Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style". It seems to mean a style in which there is a strong accompaniment to the main melody, and not just occasional chords and embellishments. Lincoln PS: great book!
  10. Being able to play it and being able to enjoy it could be quite independent concepts, at least for someone who feels a need for melody. Or you could have a friend stand beside you and beat your concertina with a stick. You could call that method "slapstick concertina". I sometimes beat my head against the wall after messing up the fast triplets for the tenth time. Will that do?
  11. I'm referring to rolls, cuts and the like. Pretty essential to the style, I suspect. Lincoln
  12. I think a rendition of a melody-less minimalist piece like Phillip Glass's "Einstein on the Beach" might work quite well on the concertina. Has anyone attempted it? As far as emulating guitar slaps, there's always the option of sitting on a cajon and drumming with your heels! Lincoln
  13. Unicycles aside, and speaking only from the experience of a rank beginner, I'm finding that learning the Irish and Harmonic styles simultaneously has been fun, rewarding, and enriching. Harmonic style forces me to learn alternative fingerings and helps me get comfortable with using all the rows. In addition, I think that if I were just working in the Irish style, my right hand would be getting a disproportionate amount of training; at least on the tunes I'm working on, the range favors the right side of the instrument. On the other hand, I've had to make tradeoffs to learn the harmonic style in the limited amount of practice time I have per day. I haven't tried to learn the various Irish-style ornamentations, reasoning that gaining fluidity with the unadorned notes is more important at my level. What do you folk think? Lincoln
  14. A Google search on DADGAD found this https://www.guitarlessonworld.com/lessons/dadgad/, which describes an alternative guitar tuning suitable for chords with lots of open strings. Maybe he means a style using simple 2-button chords and open 5ths?
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