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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. 

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  2. 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, 


  3. 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?

  4. 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 ,


  5. 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? 

  6. 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 . 

  7. 14 hours ago, the closet concertinist said:

    I’ve thought it would be awesome to just get the button layout on my hands. You know, three rows of five circles across the back of my hands. Kinda minimalist I guess.

    I love this. It will help me to remember 

    My husband says he will put This Side up on his forehead 

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  8. 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

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