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  1. Greetings

    i have a very good friend and professional musician friend who would like to add a concertina to his  musical talents. He is not sure what type he would like to play. I will lend him my Anglo Jay but wonder if there is any one in Maine that could let him try out the other types.

    let me know’


  2. So I also do something like this but when necessary I cheat a little.

    I use Transcribe+ which is the app for iPads and import the tune then  if I am having trouble figuring out a part by ear I send the tune to T TE tuner app which does all kinds of things. What I do with it is have the tune play and while the screen is telling me the note I run a screen video that I send back into Transcribe+. Now I can slow it down and figure out the pesky notes that were eluding me and can even transcribe the ABC if needed. 

  3. 4 hours ago, El Squeezer said:

    Alright this is the best I got. It is likely some of this will not make sense! The lowercase letters are middle octave, uppercase low, and * high. This one has a low Bb melody note that I sort of fake by playing the Bb chord on the left side and playing a d on the right side during the big "Ghost riders in the sky part". I hope this is something close to intelligible. 


    Key of Dm


    | d,b,d,e | f2,d,c | c,A,c2 |

    | d,b,d,e | f2,g,a | a,g,a2 |

    | d*,d*,c*,a | a,g,a,a | f,d,d,d | 

    |d,c,d,d | d, f8 | d,d,c,d4 |


    | a,a,a,c4 | d,d,d,a4 |               this is the yippi ti yo line.


    |Bb 4 | F 4 | D 4 |                    this is the Ghost Riders in the sky line.










  4. Here is the simplest form

    T: The Jingle Bells

    R: polka

    M: 2/4

    L: 1/8

    K: Gmaj

    |: BB B2 | BB B2 | Bd GA | B4 |cc c>c |

    cB B>B |[1 BA AB | A2 d2 😐

    9[2 dd cA | G2- G2 ||

    DB AG | D2- DD/D/ | DB AG | E2- EE/E/ |

    Ec BA | F2- FA/A/ | dd c/B/A | B2- BG |

    DB AG | D2- D2 | DB AG | E2- E2 |

    Ec BA | dd/d/ d^c/d/ | ed c/B/A | G2- G2 |]


    But actually if you can send me the dots I can translate it. I don’t read music well enough to play from it

    Please don’t spend too much energy on it unless it interest you.

    Many Thanks ,



  5. So I don’t believe I ever posted my Dipper but now that the family has grown I will show you both. I have had The Dipper a little over 4 years. It was built in 1981. It is 5 1/2 inches across the flats and weighs 1025 grams. It is a glorious instrument in almost every way. But I had a few concerns. First I worried about traveling with it and I worried about the excessive dryness in my house in the winter even with a humidifier. 
    I have been fascinated by what Edward Jay has done with his 3D printed instruments. So I got my new instrument from him this week. It is 6 1/2 inches across the flats and weighs 1187 grams. I am very happy with it. It plays easily and sounds great. Since I am not great player you should visit has website to hear professionals playing it. Makes a great second instrument for me.


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  6. This may be out there. Like many places it has been hot so I brought a fan into my practice area. Somehow that makes my concertina sound weird especially the high notes. I even checked that I was still in tune . It is almost like everything is a little tinny. When I turn the fan off it stops.

    I think this probably has an acoustical explanation. Just wondering about it

  7. 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


  8. 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 


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  9. 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

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