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  1. When the songs celebrating the alcoholic beverages are generally made with 3 chords and the same melody repeated dozen of times, Argentine people like to compose this kind of score which gives you an headache at first sight but becomes very fun to play on a duet as you go along drinking and playing it. For those who are interested I began to write the sheet musics of the different tunes that I'm playing and I'll send it here in another thread when it will be completed:






  2. I may travel in Japan at the end of this year and if you are not too far and are interested to know more about or try the Hayden or Wicky keyboard duet concertina, just drop me a line at my email address: soloduetconcertina@gmail.com

    I was living in Japan before and can speak japanese but can only read  or write it in romaji.


  3. Hi Adrian,

    I'm always surprised to see all what it is possible to play with an anglo, apart from the great ITM of course. The classical music that I've heard untill now on anglo was mostly melodic, so I guess that it's even much more difficult to play this kind of 5 parts polyphonic music. But the musical rendition here is wonderful and the sound of the instrument very nice too!

    I've just started to play 2 voices baroque music on my duet, so I don't have any tips to give and much more to learn, but I noticed sometimes the same difficulty to find the good place for the bellows changes. For example the minuets from the Notebook for Anna Magadalena Bach are all organized with 2 bars musical phrases, but sometimes a phrase finish on the first beat of the third bar while the other voice begin. So you don't have other choice than to cut a note in one of the 2 phrases, or to rewrite the music for the concertina... In melodic or harmonic music I try to think like if I were playing a wind instrument to find the best moment to breathe, but in polyphonic music the problem is that we just have one bellow and it's impossible to make each voice breathe separately.

    Maybe I'd like to try to play this piece somedays to see what is possible with the duet...


  4. Nice music and wonderful playing! I was also thinking to try to adapt some of David Cornell's arrangements because there is a lack of written music for the Hayden system. Did you have a lot to do to adapt this one or was it rather easy to transpose it on the Beaumont? Hope that you will post more videos and you should post it also on the videos and recordings page!


  5. 2 hours ago, wes williams said:

    It is no problem to extract the audio from video recordings. Let me know which recordings you would like posted.

    Thank you Wes, well on the Duet recordings page I'd like to post 3 tunes if possible:

    Chiquilin de Bachin

    Roslin Castle

    And this one, Tivoli

    Just tell me if you don't find them and in that case I'll send you the links.


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  6. OK Alan, I will try to find how I can keep only the audio from a video recording and if I succeed I will post some tunes on the Duet Recordings page. Unless Wes Williams can do that and in that case I could tell him which recordings I'd like to post. Thank you!

  7. On 6/23/2019 at 6:33 PM, Alan Day said:

    Please would you post this on Duet Recordings to add to the collection


    Thank you for the proposal Alan. I'm thinking about one or two tunes that I could post on Duet Recordings but is it for audio recordings or is it ok to post videos as well?

  8. On 6/12/2019 at 4:36 AM, David Barnert said:

    Lovely, as always. I don’t know why I have never been able to satisfactorily play classical music on the Hayden.

    It's perhaps a strange idea to play classical music on concertina but it's usually said that Bach's music is universal, so why not try it also on this instrument? Maybe for that it's better to listen to this music played on organ rather than on harpsichord or piano. But IMO there are 2 main problems to play this music on a concertina: the first one is to find an instrument with a good quality of sound and a good balance between left hand and right hand. The second one is that with a concertina you need to change the bellow direction and sometimes it can disturb the musical construction of tunes written for keyboards. Apart from that it's like all music, you just need to have enough time and to like it enough to repeat and repeat until the shape begins to appear.

    Here is the last minuet that I will upload from this notebook:


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  9. Thank you Lukasz. I wish you the best for this project because I think that the Wicky keyboard is very intuitive and logical, and deserves more interest from musicians and concertinas makers. There is still a lot to explore and to improve with this keyboard. And I hope to have a chance to try your instrument when it will be completed.


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