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mathhag

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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?
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