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About mathhag

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  1. So this may seem kind of sappy. I just had to post how happy I am playing my concertina. I am finally starting to feel like I am playing music. This morning I played through most of my repertoire mostly by ear. For me this is earth shattering . I started to play the concertina a little over two years ago. It is the first instrument I ever played. I don’t read music but ABC notation really helps me. Also Gary Coover’s books really helped to get me started. As did so many helpful folks. I was lucky enough to meet Jody Kruskal and Doug Barr at NESI and they gave me encouragement and Doug gave me my first set. Also Marta Vogel introduced me to Gary’s book . Doug Creighton help me pick out my first instrument and has continued to help me. Here was this old woman who wanted to start playing a musical instrument but everyone kind of said jump right in. So I have. Mairead Hurley was ridiculously patient with me when I attended Boxwoods and couldn’t find a “B” much of the time. Everyone else was very advanced but she helped me a long. I have not mentioned that I live very close to the end of the world with no teachers nearby so I must use online resources or travel. I allow myself one major trip each year for instruction. This past summer I attended Noel Hill’s week. He was fantastic. My husband noted he could hear that I was better at the end of the week. My husband has been so supportive. He noted that I have never really spent any money on myself so when I had the amazing opportunity to purchase a Dipper, he said go for it. It is my joy and Colin put up with my gazillion issues about the materials that were used since I need to cross borders. My husband also gave me a subscription to Caitlín Nic Gabhann online course. I love it. Bruce McCaskey has been unbelievably kind and helped me in so many ways. We have never met but he has been so wonderful. And Halifax aka Christine has been a great online friend. This is all to say thank you all for the gift of music in my life.
  2. Love this. Especially animated. Can you share more of what you are using for software to put the letters in the notes and how you animate it.
  3. Perhaps you could contact Greg Jowaisas . I think he is near Cincinnati
  4. Also you may want to contact Colin . If you have the serial number he can give you details. Or maybe send him some pictures. He has been great when I have contacted him.
  5. This is what I made with just a strip of Velcro
  6. Nice work Christine. You made it easy to recognize him. Envious that you will be seeing him in concert
  7. Actually all of those places are quite far from me , about four hours of driving . But I might try to start one in Presque Isle or maybe right here in Fort Fairfield. Like your idea of a new thread. Not sure if I can find anyone near here that plays ITM
  8. This is such a helpful discussion. I am a real beginner, exactly two years with my first instrument ever. I also live in a very remote area with no teacher or sessions. I do try and play with recordings and it is more challenging even when I slow them down I am easily distracted. What do you think I might do if I wanted to start a “SLOW Session “ i have been thinking unless I take action , I will never know if there are others around me who want to play .
  9. I would encourage you to enjoy yourself at the sessions . You are lucky to have one. I am sure you will eventually conquer the blowouts. Consider how far ahead of me you are. I can’t play anything to session speed. But we will get there
  10. Thanks for the info. I may look at the software but it would have to run on my Windows laptop that I hardly ever use. I also looked ABC Easy Notes but could not really understand how to make it work. Many years ago I probably could have. Too bad someone doesn’t make an app to do this. I only use ABC notation but I think this would slowly have me reading music.
  11. I particularly like the way the music is written but I haven’t been able to find Easy Notes. Can you point me in the right direction
  12. Actually the Morse has moved on to another new student. It served me well
  13. Hi Jody, You may not remember me but we met two years ago at NESI. I was the old woman who couldn’t stop smiling because I had for the first time found the instrument I wanted to play. You and Doug Barr helped as I looked for an instrument to buy and were so kind all weekend. at the time I bought a Ceili. A few months later, I was lucky in life. I was able to get a Dipper at a gift price. After my family members I treasure it most. BUT you absolutely speak truth “ A beginner will still sound like a beginner regardless of concertina vs accordion reeds in the box.” But as Wolf has said my Dipper sure makes it easy to want to keep getting better.
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