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  1. So I started to play concertina when I was almost 67. I had never played an instrument. Could not read music and still can’t. Have no ear But I try to play everyday and it brings me joy Recently another woman who is taking Caitlin’s online classes posted that she started at 90
  2. So Noel Hill was clear that playing requires the whole upper body. At one of his workshops he rolled up his sleeve to demonstrate his arm development and to show how his muscles were working. I am pretty sure I remember this correctly. I would never want to misrepresent Noel. I know I have worked on NOT using my wrists. Right now I am suffering because the muscles I use to play in my upper arms are the same muscles I use to work cleaning up my garden. I would bet some light weight exercises might help
  3. So it was just momentary madness. I will not be selling
  4. So this is just the beginning of a idea. I have a glorious Dipper that is 5 3/4 across the flats. It was built in 1980 and I have all the receipts and such. I have given someone first refusal and I am not at all sure that I am selling but I am curious about the market. It was appraised at $8000. is there interest out there
  5. If there were pictures with this, they didn’t come through for me at least
  6. 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)
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. I am interested but have no idea of a price.
  10. This will be hard but this seems like it might be an approach to try.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
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