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  1. 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.
  2. You are most definitely addressing my questions. thank you
  3. What great advice. I have wanted that permission
  4. 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?
  5. 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.

  6. I was very excited to place an order but then of the many choices , only the credit choice for payment was something I have and it couldn’t take mine even though it was Visa. So sad
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Perhaps you could contact Greg Jowaisas . I think he is near Cincinnati
  10. 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.
  11. This is what I made with just a strip of Velcro
  12. Nice work Christine. You made it easy to recognize him. Envious that you will be seeing him in concert
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