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Chris Drinkwater

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About Chris Drinkwater

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    Heavyweight Boxer
  • Birthday 09/30/1947

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    Traditional folk music, playing the English concertina, keeping my marbles intact.
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    London
  1. Chris Drinkwater

    0 Warning Points

    I suppose, if you play the concertina, there's always treble ahead! Chris
  2. Chris Drinkwater

    What Music Type Are You?

    Both my parents played the recorder a little bit when I was young, but I wasn't particularly encouraged by them to learn to play an instrument of any sort. It was only when I was in my early teens, after becoming interested in traditional folk music, that I bought a harmonica and learned to play some simple melodies on it by ear. This became the foundation for my liking for free-reed instruments but I didn't feel confident enough to upgrade to something bigger, like a melodeon or concertina, until I was in my forties. I then plucked up courage and bought an English concertina. When I first started to learn to play the concertina, I knew very little about the theory of music and couldn't sight read, so I began learning tunes by ear, as I had done with the harmonica. Over time, by training my ear, this ability improved considerably, and when I felt confident enough to go to local tunes sessions, I discovered that virtually no one else brought music dots along; everyone seemed to learn and play by ear. Since then, I have taught myself basic music theory and basic sight reading, which has helped me gain a better understanding of western music in general but I still prefer and find it easier to learn by ear. I see the dots of a tune as a starting point from which to make my own interpretation of the tune. My method is to get the dots for a tune I want to learn, score it up using Noteworthy Composer and then I can play it back to myself as many times as I like while learning it by ear but I also have the dots to refer to as a reference if necessary. Most traditional folk music tunes are 32 bars long with often repeated phrases, some of which are common to many tunes and thus not too difficult to memorise, compared to the long scores solo classical pianists have to learn to play without the dots, for example. Like learning any skill, it takes time, patience, determination and regular practice to master an instrument and make progress on it. Twenty years on and I am still learning and always will, as long as I keep playing! Chris
  3. Chris Drinkwater

    Leather Case Lock/catch

    There must be a catch in it, somewhere! Chris
  4. Chris Drinkwater

    Bach On E C Baritone/treble

    Nice! Chris
  5. Chris Drinkwater

    Something For The Tenor-Treble

    Very nice Mike.
  6. Chris Drinkwater

    English Door Knockers

    Don't they have interesting door knockers in America Jody? Are the English ones anything like these shown in Google Images? https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=American+Door+knockers&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjG1OGGwebJAhVFshQKHegcB7kQ_AUICCgC&biw=1270&bih=883#tbm=isch&q=English+Door+knockers Chris PS If Google can get away with showing these pictures of door knockers, I am sure you can!
  7. Chris Drinkwater

    Nudinits Concertina Player Spotted.

    Wool, I never? Chris
  8. Chris Drinkwater

    No Man's Jig - Cecil Sharp

    Lovely, Adrian. Chris
  9. Chris Drinkwater

    Theme Of The Month, Oct 2015: Scandinavian Tunes

    I have problems recording for TOTM at the moment, so I thought I would reprise an earlier contribution to TOTM, Josefin's Dopvals, lovely baptism waltz composed by Roger Tallroth for the christening of his neice. https://soundcloud.com/aeolaman/josefins-dopvals Chris
  10. Chris Drinkwater

    Tune Of The Month, October 2015: Redwing

    Nice, Jim. My wife, who has done a lot of calling, heard it with me and was dancing and singing the chorus at the same time! Chris
  11. Chris Drinkwater

    Irish On An English?

    Calliope House was written in America by an Englishman who lives in Edinburgh. Calliope House was written in America by an Englishman who lives in Edinburgh. Yes, it was written by Dave Richardson of Boys of the Lough, to be accurate and name after the house of piper and arts administrator George Balderose in Pittsburgh. Chris
  12. Chris Drinkwater

    Irish On An English?

    I play the English concertina and my main repertoire is English traditional music. However, last year, I contributed two Irish tunes I had learned over the years, Out on the Ocean and Calliope House to the Irish on an English theme, which I uploaded to Soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/aeolaman/out-on-the-ocean-calliope-house And then there's Rick Epping, a wonderful Californian player of the English Concertina, who often plays harmonica at the same time and who's repertoire is mainly Irish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOi6nY4JIMM Chris
  13. Chris Drinkwater

    Theme Of The Month, Sept 2015: English Trad And Beyond

    The quintessential English ceilidh tune! Thanks. And a great song too, hinny. Nifty playing. A couple more for me on Crane before the month is out: I had to play Sussex Cotillion recently at a historic dance workshop. New to me though I gather it's not uncommon in sessions. Rather slower here than was required for the dancing. Some would argue that Bodmin isn't in England, especially when considering such customs as the Bodmin Riding March, but here it is, played in the key of C for Cornwall. The quintessential English ceilidh tune! Thanks. And a great song too, hinny. Nifty playing. A couple more for me on Crane before the month is out: I had to play Sussex Cotillion recently at a historic dance workshop. New to me though I gather it's not uncommon in sessions. Rather slower here than was required for the dancing. Some would argue that Bodmin isn't in England, especially when considering such customs as the Bodmin Riding March, but here it is, played in the key of C for Cornwall. The quintessential English ceilidh tune! Thanks. And a great song too, hinny. Nifty playing. A couple more for me on Crane before the month is out: I had to play Sussex Cotillion recently at a historic dance workshop. New to me though I gather it's not uncommon in sessions. Rather slower here than was required for the dancing. Some would argue that Bodmin isn't in England, especially when considering such customs as the Bodmin Riding March, but here it is, played in the key of C for Cornwall. Very nice, indeed, Chas. Chris
  14. And as I thought I remembered (but didn't say, because I wasn't sure), the concertina isn't even metal-ended. Danny, do you have any recordings showing the difference in sound between baffled and un-baffled? I don't have any controlled experiments, unfortunately! These are definitely without the baffles: http://rowlhouse.co.uk/concertina/music/GanivelleImprov.mp3 http://rowlhouse.co.uk/concertina/music/Beveridge.mp3 This is definitely with: http://rowlhouse.co.uk/concertina/music/ACoyToy.mp3 I don't use them any more, having "gone off" the sound a bit. Now, that's left me completely baffled! Chris
  15. Chris Drinkwater

    Concertinas At Witney

    Both the teachers and the topics have me greatly regretting that scheduling conflicts prevent me from being there. I'll just have to hope for further opportunities in the future. Just to add that I have worked with John in the past and he is a very inspiring tutor. Sadly, I am otherwise engaged that weekend. Chris
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