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  • Birthday 03/07/1957

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  1. Thank you David, very interesting! Here is another take with The Water is Wide: https://youtu.be/_rUK3jmRA9g
  2. Yes, I didn't explore those possibilities yet because at first I want to concentrate on the holding position and the sound settings but it seems to be possible to switch to different tuning systems: meantone, pythagore, and I don't know what it is but it's written 5TET, 7TET, 12TET, 19TET, and 31TET. When I will have time to check that I will try to record the same tune and post here. Another interesting point is that you can use 2 more fingers to play because the thumbs are free...
  3. It's maybe not really a concertina because made without any reeds but yesterday I received my Striso duet prototype. The Striso board is a new instrument invented by Piers Titus van der Torren. As it is made with the same Wicky (or Hayden) keyboard than my duet concertina I asked Piers to build this duet version with 2 Striso boards. Here is the first prototype and a first try to play with it the tune Peder Gyes from Harald Haugaard. Recorded on an iPhone without any settings. striso.org
  4. Thank you Lukasz for the nice work and not give up. When you will complete the instrument I'd like to try it. Is it also possible to adapt your handle to other concertinas?
  5. A short ragtime played on the bayou to pay tribute to the Goddess Oompah: https://youtu.be/XFimLOCTqAs
  6. I thought that in 2021, the open minded concertina.net could make a place for this article rejected by the EFDSS in 1939, with important information about the background of the music of Cornish Hobos:
  7. I like the refined harmonies on this beautiful traditional tune!
  8. Here are 2 compositions by american musicians interested in silence: The first one searched for a possibility to express silence in music without using any rest (caution: risk to fall asleep): The second one wanted to express the impossibility of silence and the possible musicality of our environment (concertina sighting at 3'04):
  9. For those who can read in french, I highly recommend the excellent novel "Le Joueur de Concertina" (The Concertina Player), written by Paul Sath (Sauveterre Edition).
  10. Playing concertina, or any musical instrument, is a nice way to travel in a pandemic time. Here is an Icelandic hymn discovered on C.net (thanks Gregor!): https://youtu.be/m8GniD2WMH0 And here is a song from Okinawa "The Voice of the Sea", usually played on the sanshin, a traditional 3 strings lute. On this drawing one can also see the nice concertina bag used by concertina players in Okinawa:
  11. Another version of the same tune: https://youtu.be/m9nL64ens9Q
  12. Hi Clive, no I didn't get any problem after changing my technique to manage the bellows more like bandoneon players. I understand that there are many factors which have an incidence on the air volume and not only the size of the bellows, so it could be interesting if duet concertina makers pursue their researches on those multiple factors because I think that we need more air with duet concertinas when we want to play different styles of music. And thank you also Richard and Little John, now I don't know how many folds have my bellows and maybe it's better like that...
  13. Hi Gilbert, did you ever try to play standing while resting the concertina on one thigh like I do in this video? I think that it can also be a good compromise to experience the pleasure to play standing while keeping a good stability of the instrument, but I can't do that anymore with my 11 folds bellows: https://youtu.be/2TZZj3yzDAA
  14. Thank you Gil and Jim, it's not concertina but if we try to find the inspiration in the human voice to play our instruments my favorite version is this one by a 98 years young woman:
  15. Thank you Ritonmousquetaire, it's always very interesting to listen to your comments and musical recommendations! Yes I removed the public access to my video of La Marine because at that time I wasn't really satisfied with the sound of the recording. Maybe because I recorded the video in my boat on the Marne river to be in the mood of the tune, but as it's quite tiny it sounds a little harsh aboard, even if I tried to correct it with the mics. But for you and the fans of George Brassens here is the link:
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