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  1. Thank you to all, Halifax, Don Taylor, wunks. I guess I am just trying to move ahead faster. I do try to listen, listen , listen. Especially since many Irish Trad tunes are not familiar to me. I am getting better and continue to get great joy when I play.
  2. Don Taylor, Thank you so much for that explanation. I really didn’t understand about intervals.now I think I do
  3. Hi John, That is what I am doing . In fact I have made a playlist of the tunes I am working on that I use when I ride my exercise bike. I also listen, then play alone , then try to,play with the tune and so on. In fact as I fall asleep I often hear a tune over and over in my head. I am getting better. I am hoping there is a little more I can do so I have an idea of what note I am hearing. Thanks so much, Susan
  4. I am hoping it is normal to start to have some tenderness in your fingertips when you are playing more each day. My left index finger is the worst. It seems I am starting to form calluses. Is that typical or there something I should do differently?
  5. I must acknowledge that I have a terrible ear. Now that I have been trying to play my first instrument ever for a year and a half, I feel like it is time to work on that. Ultimately I would like to pick out more tunes by ear. What recommendations do you folks have for me? I have looked at a lot of apps but am not sure which might be the best for me. I like apps that work with my iPad best. But if there is a good website that would walk me though identifying the note I hear that would also be good. Any and all advice will be appreciated , Susan
  6. I have been working on Irish Concertina Lessons with Caitlin Nic Gabhann. They seem to fit exactly to what I need right now . But I have been mildly distracted by a clicking noise as she plays . Almost like a ring hitting the side of the instrument. It is definitely in time to the playing. This morning I was listening to Irish Concertina Ensemble and I heard that same clicking. Can anyone tell me what it might be?
  7. Someone, I think Halifax, mentioned an app called TunePal. It will “listen” to a tune and try to give you the name
  8. Thank you all. I think it probably doesn’t need anything immediately. I may try to glue the hinge areas and look for some velvet to fix the small area if I can find a match. A new hard case may be more protective but I will be keeping this one. The concertina fits very snuggly and then I carry the case in a bigger bag that is easier to carry .
  9. So as I have looked at this more closely, it appears that the problems were the top of the case hinges to the bottom but be remedied with a small drop,of glue . Any thoughts on that? Would anyone know where I might get some of the green flocking ( not sure of the is the correct name) that lines the case
  10. So here are many pictures of my treasure and her case. The case is a work of art but has developed some problems as you can see. I am looking for advice. Should this be restored in some way or is it ok the way it is? If so who does this kind of work?
  11. Great article. Of course I still play everything at dirge speed.
  12. I love this. It will help me to remember My husband says he will put This Side up on his forehead
  13. I definitely only need my one lovely but I still got very excited to see what you will be selling.
  14. Thanks for a reminder. I use this forum everyday so it is just right to make a donation.
  15. If it is New Brunswick maybe we could get together and I could let you try mine
  16. I do Facebook a lot but it is no substitute for this forum
  17. Only connection to concertinas is that we play them. My husband took this and I thought it captures my environment well. I live in far northern Maine right on the Canadian border. Actually the ridge on the far right is Canada What does it look like where you are?
  18. Season’s Greetings to all. I have gotten several early Concertina related presents. My oldest son sent me Bertram Levy’s The Anglo Concertina Demystified . Then my husband got me a humidifier and a six month subscription to Caitlín Nic Gabhann Irish Concertina Lessons. Pretty happy
  19. I have only been playing for about a year and a half but I try to play every day. I was playing for about an hour in the morning but then someone suggested that several shorter session were better. So right now I work on a new tune for about twenty minutes then later in the day I run through a bunch of tunes that I have worked on before and then still later a do another twenty minutes on whatever. Right now that is working on Jingle Bells to play with my grandson singing. But it would be easy to add a few more sessions because I just love to have it in my hands. Mind you I am not good at all but I enjoy it so
  20. Not sure what you mean by other way around but I put the soft side toward the concertina. I may look for some pretty ribbon and sew Velcro closings.
  21. So here is what I ended up doing. Works great.
  22. When I first got a Concertina I was at NESI . The gentleman from the Button Box explained I should not leave my Concertina just out on the table. He said it was important to leave the bellows closed. So he said I should leave it in the case or get a band to keep it closed. At the time I figured I would always keep it in the case. But now it want to practice more shorter sessions during the day so having it out would keep encouraging me to pick it back up. Could anyone describe what a “band” should look like, how it is made? A picture?
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