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  1. Take what ever time and Occupational Therapy you can. No tendon damage here, but I had 2 fingers badly broken on my right hand and a third one sprained. That was last June. After surgically pinning one I got out of the splint by late August. I was a highly motivated patient and did whatever my O.T. told me until I graduated in December of that year. Take it easy, take it slow. Push it when they tell you to, how they tell you to. Do whatever they tell you. Don't do stuff you're not supposed to. Your Occupational Therapist will be your guide. Tendons are tricky. Healing is possible.
  2. I was in Chicago, but not in the Irish Music scene when a 16 year old Michael Flatley danced alone on stage with an accordion. I assume it was Jimmy Keane but I didn't know him yet so I didn't focus on that detail. It was the University of Chicago's Folk Festival, a random group of folk and world music (before that was a term) fans who'd get together every year to listen acts that were old time Americana, immigrants celebrating their heritage players or non commercially known international acts. Getting Michael Flatley's "fastest feet in the world" at 16 just squeaked into that "not commercial" window of time.
  3. Riverdance and hybrids. No, really. I started playing Irish Trad in the early 90s. I had been looking around for instruction in the 80s and not finding much. Even here in Chicago, if you weren't part of a certain generation of families who immigrated at just the right moment and ended up in the same neighborhoods, there was no guaranty that you'd find players or teachers. Sessions in pubs around town were just on the cusp of starting and being noticed. Earlier here were some social associations that kept up the music and raised a young generation of great players, most of whom you've heard of. But even with Liz Carrol's All Ireland title in '75, Jimmy Keane, Seamus Egan, Michael Flatley and John Williams earning titles and the Bothy Band and Chieftains touring with reeded instruments, Irish trad was an oddity you had to really look for. Then came Riverdance and Bam! kids were bugging their parents to take them to dance classes and music lessons. Cds were being sold. Sessions popped up everywhere, but concertina's were still pretty hard to find. Stagis and old Lachenals were the beginner's options. Then Bob Tedrow started making hybrids. (Was he the first? I don't know) But the availability of playable concertinas and pop culture finding Irish dance through Riverdance set up an appetite for anglos. Riverdance brought Irish music so deeply into the entertainment psyche, Third Rock-- I have a clear memory of John Lithgow with a necktie around his head doing his Flatley imiitation, The Simpsons- protestant heaven vs. Catholic heaven, Family Guy (I think) and others I can't remember. Then there was Mike Meyer's playing Flatley on the MTV movie awards. But I digress... Irish music became a movement. What has this to do with anglo vs. english concertinas you ask... Visability.
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    Irish Trad in D Major

    This may or may not be a direct answer to your question, but I sometimes I discover as I gain speed in a tune that I need to rethink my fingering. I may have too many changes in bellows direction that become distracting musically or just plain hard as I increase in speed, for example. Also, I have begun to play more chords for accent and find I may need to be in a certain bellows direction or on one or another hand to make the tune make sense. The a and g on the top row are becoming more useful to me after years, and I wished I had familiarized myself with them earlier. So I definitely move out of the rows more.
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    20-Year Anniversary of Concertina.net

    Thanks so much for being here and putting this together. I joined you guys in the earlish 2000s, but lost my username and password. But I enjoyed checking out the posts as a guest and finally re-registered a couple of years ago. I learned so much here!
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    Fun Tunes. What's your favorite C/G anglo

    Thanks, I never heard this one before. Any yes, I probably did post this in the wrong forum. I am less than organized on occasion. Thanks everybody. Joe Bann's Barndance was the first tune I learned with harmony. I was sure I couldn't after a couple of weeks, but after about 3 it all made sense. John Williams plays this with Joseph Sobel and Martin Hayes in Joseph Sobel's Citernity CD. On that CD it is titled Bill Malley's. Of course they are not playing in a key that translates well to a C/G. So I listen to it a lot then try to play it from memory. If you have the Amazing Slow Downer you can tune it, but I never became good at that. John's playing is exquisite on that track which includes Gypsy Princess as the second tune.
  7. There are some tunes that sort of fall off my fingers. Five Mile Chase, Joe Banns Barndance, Gypsy Princess, Man of the House AKA McCarthy's ( though the other two tunes Noel HIll plays on that set on his CD are more awkward for me: Anderson's and Sweeney's Dream). Slow tunes like Liz Carroll's Dita and Island in the Woods are cool. And for some reason I am drawn to the Ace and Deuce of Pipering as well as King of the Fairies. Those two tunes I found on together played back in the day by a fiddle player Frank O'Higgins on a recording called Masters at the Garden. But I have listened to many CDs and never felt compelled to sit down and learn a specific set. But those seem to want to be played on the concertina. Reels like Sally Gardens and Swinging on the Gate seem like they are a perfect match for the concertina as well. Are there any tunes you finds magically fun to play?
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    7mount Concertina

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    7mount Concertina

    Thanks. I have been trying to advise a young player looking to upgrade and these looked very good to me. Before I realized I was at the top of Colin Dipper's list I put my name in for a 7mount. But when that particular ship came in I couldn't justify the expense of two concertinas. I wish I could see a few or even one here in the Midwest US. There are so many factors that go into the play of a concertina. I recently had a chance to try an instrument from a highly regarded maker I had been interested in and found I didn't like the feel of it, though I liked the sound. But I think the feel thing is something a player can get used to as the hands and the instrument get to know each other. Thanks particularly for the comment from Doro, a player of a 7mount. Anyone else out there with personal in hand experience? And Doro, If you see this, can you share if this was your first concertina or an upgrade from another one?
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    7mount Concertina

    Does anyone have any personal experience with the 7Mount concertinas? I thought they looked good. And they sound good on the website. But I was wondering if anybody on this forum has held and played one.
  11. Great. It looks like an oddity, but who knows.
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    Conversion from button accordion

    If she's trying to play Irish Trad playing any concertina besides a anglo C/G will be limiting. I've had friends who've tried it with an English but switched because they couldn't ornament. I assume she has consulted with someone medical or musically experienced with her instrument to see if there is an underlying physical or positioning problem. And I have assumed you have looked into the lighter button accordions out there, some of which are quite good. So there is no advice there from me. But I am a flute and fiddle player who started concertina at 54 then set it down for 10 years and picked it up again at 64. At 66 I am quite happy with my progress. So the fact that she may be learning something completely different may not be impossible.
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    Outch - sore pinky finger and swollen joint

    Can you describe the move you are making with your pinky that is causing the trouble? For example I learned a tune with a class from a banjo recording. In my attempt to sound like everyone else I banged the triplet on one note which is a banjo thing. I found, for the first time in years my finger hurt. I abandoned the tune for a while, healed and tried it again. Same result. Then I decided I wasn't meant to try to sound like a tenor banjo and did my regular triplet and was fine. Can we post videos? If so can you get someone to close up the moves your making. It might be a simple solution. Sometimes we need to adjust our technique, sometimes find a work around.
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    Kensignton On Order

    Can someone post a video of one of these being played? The site says Chris Stevens is playing one on youtube but all I find is Chris Stevens playing a Carrol. Just curious.
  15. I am a massive luddite where links are concerned. But if you are on Facebook -- Electronic Concertina should get you there.