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  1. 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, 


  2. 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?

  3. 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 ,


  4. 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? 

  5. 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 . 

  6. 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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  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. So I am not sure how much you will find out about why people quit on this forum since most of us have not. 

    I know I belong to the group that simply loves my concertina. I am 67 years old and it is the first instrument I have ever been able to play. Now I am a very poor player but I get better every day. I have no one to play with but I enjoy the music I play. It is the highlight of each day.

    On Monday I had a hiatal hernia repaired and just got out of the hospital on Wednesday. Everyday even in the hospital I thought about playing. I am quite sore and pretty groggy from pain meds but I am going to give her a go right after I finish this message

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  10. That is a beauty. Wish I needed another concertina. You might check with The Button Box for an appraisal that is what I did. 

    If your financial issues allow you to keep it and you play, I would come down from the County sometime to play with you. I am really a very poor player but I love playing and would so like to find someone to play with

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