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  1. What food for thought and ideas for fingers. I play mostly melody without accompaniment so I might try something here. (as a side note hope you write another book)
  2. Hi Jim, I have also decided doing both works for me. I also just started a spreadsheet for my tunes this week . Right now I have four columns : Tunes I can play by heart, Tunes that I can almost play by heart, only with notation, just started or I just can’t get. I think I understand how to transpose a tune to another key but I haven’t tried it yet. May become a future personal challenge. Thanks, susan
  3. Hi Tradewinds Ted, I was really pleased when I read your suggestions. Most of them are how I am proceeding. Right now I have an alternating day process. I have two songs that I am working on by ear and I spend most of my time on them . Usually I have one other that I am just starting and spend just a little time on it. On the alternate days I play through most everything else either with notation or without if I know them well enough. Sometimes I take a day to try something new like you suggest with some tunes I know well, different fingerings or check out how I am holding and playing. I also look at other tune resources I try some things out. so that is what I am doing right now and it is enjoyable and I feel like I got out of the rut I was in just playing the same tunes over and over. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Susan
  4. I am interested but have no idea of a price.
  5. This will be hard but this seems like it might be an approach to try.
  6. I spent a lot of time with how I hold and control based on very clear recommendations from Bruce McCaskey . I think I am doing that well now. My instrument is actually a small 5 3/4 across the flats Dipper. Pretty light I think. i am doubtful that the concertina is the culprit but thought I would ask the group. Thanks for your consideration of my question.
  7. Have any of you ever developed upper arm shoulder pain from playing? I have a very painful right arm when I move it in certain directions. Saw my Orthopedic surgeon and he felt it was a tendinitis and gave me a cortisone shot. That has not helped yet. I am trying to figure out what I might have done to irritate it. It doesn’t bother me when I am playing but just wondered if this could be the problem. It will break my heart if it is
  8. I am looking into Maine Fiddler Camp now. Thanks for reminding me about it
  9. Everyone’s comments have been really thought provoking. For the most part I will only be playing for myself except when I travel for instruction. The closest session for me is at least a four hour drive. Thanking all of you, I think I will pick a tune and work on it for the majority of my practice time. I will rotate the other tunes through the remaining time. I may choose is new tune when I feel like it. Since I play this instrument purely for my own enjoyment.
  10. Such wonderful suggestions and thoughtful approaches. The only thing I can’t do is play in sessions because there aren’t any. but I am going to try to learn a tune completely by ear. I also just changed my practice room and have been making many errors since then so RAC I am sure I should work on your advice.
  11. You are most definitely addressing my questions. thank you
  12. What great advice. I have wanted that permission
  13. I have thought about this post many times but fear there may be no good answer. But here goes some of you may know from my previous post that I have only been playing concertina for about 2 1/2 years. It is the first instrument I have ever played and in March I will turn 69. I have the great benefit of a glorious instrument, Dipper #47 or 147 if you are Colin ( an insurance story) and I have had the opportunity to learn from Doug Barr, Mairead Hurley, and Noel Hill in person . I am using Caitlín’s wonderful online course and had incredible help from Bruce McCaskey. I have been totally smitten with this instrument. Nice that my husband has been totally supportive. He says I have never wanted to spend money on anything before. I have committed to at least one trip each year to learn more. I live in a VERY remote area So I play almost everyday and it is my great joy. Finally I get to my question. Right now I have about 30 tunes I can kind of play, using abc notation primarily. I have only ten that I can play by heart and almost to speed. Should I be adding tunes, which I love to do or working on getting the tunes I have better?
  14. A question from a new chemnitzer owner. Never played one, and can't find an instructor. I bought a book on how to learn it but found out the fingering numbers  did not match the notes. Is this normal?

    1. saguaro_squeezer


      Hi Vickie, first make sure that you go over to the US Concertina Assn at https://www.facebook.com/usconcertina/ .

      Second, what do yo mean by fingering numbers not matching notes?  Chemnitzers are like band instruments ... they play the same notes but sound depending on their compass.  On the RH, the first row is the G row and the middle is the A row.  So if you have a C Chemnitzer, you will get G and A pitch scales.  If you have a Bb Chemnitzer, you will get F and G pitch scales, but the music will still be written in G and A.


      Ask around on that FB page and I'll bet that you'll find someone.

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