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  1. Thanks for the info. I may look at the software but it would have to run on my Windows laptop that I hardly ever use. 

    I also looked ABC Easy Notes but could not really understand how to make it work. Many years ago I probably could have. Too bad someone doesn’t make an app to do this. I only use ABC notation but I think this would slowly have me reading music.

  2. Hi Jody,

    You may not remember me but we met two years ago at NESI. I was the old woman who couldn’t stop smiling because I had for the first time found the instrument I wanted to play.  You and Doug Barr helped as I looked for an instrument to buy and were so kind all weekend.

    at the time I bought a Ceili. A few months later, I was lucky in life. I was able to get a Dipper at a gift price. After my family members I treasure it most.

    BUT you absolutely speak truth

    “ A beginner will still sound like a beginner regardless of concertina vs accordion reeds in the box.”

    But as Wolf has said my Dipper sure makes it easy to want to keep getting better.

  3. On 4/17/2019 at 8:28 PM, Daniel Hersh said:


    I agree that accenting the non-repeated notes is the way to approach this, especially since the repeated notes are on the off-beats, so they should generally not be accented anyway.  More pressure on the on-beats, less pressure on the off-beats.  To refine it further, in an Irish jig (such as Irish Washerwoman) there should be more accenting/pressure on the third note of the triplet than on the second.  So put the most pressure on the first note of the triplet, second-most on the third note, and least on the second note.


    Cormac Begley's playing is a good illustration of the effects you can get with changes in bellows pressure.  Here's a jig from him, played on what I think is a bass Anglo concertina.


    This is driving me crazy. What is this tune?

  4. I am very lucky to own a fabulous Anglo CG made by Colin Dipper. Too glorious an instrument for someone of my talents but I treasure it.

    when I first decided to play something in the free reed family. I attended NESI and saw all my choices. I was just really drawn to the Anglo. So I bought Morse Ceili from the Button Box. It was very nice and really everything I needed but I had a chance for this Dipper and just couldn’t pass. 

  5. 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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  6. 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, 


  7. 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?

  8. 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 ,


  9. 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? 

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