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Steve Schulteis

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  1. I'm pretty sure "unlisted" is the actual setting. Private videos are generally unavailable even with the link.
  2. Upload to YouTube instead. When you paste the link here, it will automatically embed the video in your post.
  3. A picture with your hand in the strap might be helpful for figuring out what to suggest.
  4. I experimented with reed shoes laser-cut from delrin holding spring steel tongues. I only made one that worked before deciding I was better off just ordering from harmonikas.cz. It didn't work well, but a big part of that was certainly my poor job of profiling and fitting the tongue. It would be interesting to see what a more experienced reed maker would get from these materials and processes. But I'm pretty sure everyone making a significant number of reeds has already mostly automated the production of the shoes/plates, so there would be very little cost savings.
  5. I have no direct experience with them, and there's a bit of a wait, but these have received favorable reviews and match your price range: https://www.flyingduckconcertinas.co.uk/ducklings.html
  6. No traveling salesman here; I think this can be reduced to something that can be handled with A*. However, I'm not talking about picking chords or notes for chord spellings - I'm assuming that work is already done, and we're just trying to figure out fingering patterns to play the selected notes. I've actually thought about something similar as an enhancement to the pathfinding approach, but I think it's possible even without considering finger positions (though that may improve the results). My approach is this: Each chord (i.e. a known combination of specific notes) is treated as a step along the path. The number of available fingerings for a given chord is actually relatively small, since not every note has alternate buttons, and some alternates will be eliminated by bellows requirements for other notes. So you can reasonably calculate every fingering pattern for two consecutive chords and assign costs to moving from each pattern for the first chord to each pattern of the second. Costs can account for things like bellows direction changes, shared notes, or the fingering preferences mentioned above. Then you set A* loose on the whole sequence and see what comes out. Of course, this is a simplified explanation, and there are some other details to sort out, but that's the rough idea. The real issue is that the amount of existing music for which this tool would work is probably fairly limited. I could see using it with some SATB arrangements, but even a lot of those are going to need modification to correct for bellows conflicts and missing notes. Making the tool also highlight such issues would help, but no matter what, a creative, analytical human is going to have to get involved at some point. And that seems like a good opportunity to pivot back to the original topic - despite seeming like a somewhat dull task, picking fingering patterns is a creative effort that can't be 100% automated. But it gets easier with practice. For a melody line with no harmony, writing out tab would only take me slightly longer than slowly playing the piece. Like others, I mostly just mark tricky spots (accidentals I don't use often, alternates to avoid chopping, etc.) if I mark anything at all. My use of tab is mostly for harmony work, which is much more interesting to figure out.
  7. My idea for cracking this is to treat the sequence of notes as a pathfinding problem, for which there are standard algorithms. But you have to decide how to handle errors (e.g. impossible note combinations) and there will still be cases where you might prefer a different option from what the algorithm picks by default. It's a fun problem to think about, but I'm not convinced there's a lot of value in such a tool, and I have no intention of actually building it.
  8. Some different approaches are discussed in this thread: This assumes you already have standard notation in ABC or MuseScore. Here's a discussion about automatically digitizing printed sheet music: If you're interested in creating tab for melody-only music, there are probably some tools that will at least get you close. Even then, you may find that you want to use different buttons or bellows directions than the automatic tool chooses. You'll also probably find that most tools struggle to produce a continuous line for consecutive pull notes, if that matters to you. If you're trying to do harmonic-style arrangements, you're going to have to do it by hand. At one point I looked into writing a tool that could do automatic harmonic tab, and it's an interesting (and I think possible) challenge, but AFAIK nobody has done it yet. There's a lot to deal with - bellows direction conflicts, missing harmony notes, and considering consecutive fingering patterns (which also depends on bellows direction choices). Honestly, I think what you're already doing is probably the best/fastest approach, unless you want to make something that's typeset nicer for sharing with others. It's also good practice for familiarizing yourself with note locations on the Anglo keyboard, which should help with sight reading sheet music in the future.
  9. I don't think it's a bad question at all. In fact, I'm pretty sure that this topic has been discussed, at least in part, on the forum in the past. But afaik there's not a firmly established best practice as you find with some instruments, e.g. the proper way to hold a violin bow. Probably a lot of us never thought too hard about it and just did whatever came naturally. Since you're already taking lessons, I would start by soliciting your instructor's opinion. And you can always try different approaches yourself to see what you find the most ergonomic.
  10. Someone asked me a similar question recently (as if I know anything - ha!), and one of the places I pointed them was https://youtube.com/c/SignalsMusicStudio I've found that YouTube channel to be a good place to get an initial foothold on different theory concepts. One thing that I like about his approach is that he encourages you to get started before you know everything, but he also lets you know there's still more out there to learn. If you're trying to figure out what topic to start with, this video might help:
  11. Well, I'm able to come up with a logical, thought out description of my process, at least. 😛 In practice, the edges of things can get a little blurry compared to my very black and white explanation. Handling bellows direction as a separate step is just a way for me to reduce the number of things I have to keep track of at one time. Maybe someday I'll be fluent enough to do everything together, but right now it helps to keep each problem as simple as possible, even if that causes a bit more back and forth. Actually, I think it IS the one that used to be yours. But I've since sold it - Gen Totani is its current keeper. It's a charming instrument, and it never failed to attract attention.
  12. My understanding is that the "DIX", "DIX concertina", and "DIX concertina original" reeds all have effectively the same tongues, and none have tapered slots. I have some of the "original" reeds (I really need to get that build going), so I can double check them later if anyone cares. I'm curious why you say the concertina reeds are more cumbersome. I figured they would be faster/easier to swap in and out for final tuning. Is it a matter of reed pan production? I realize the reed price difference renders this question kind of irrelevant - I'm just wondering what I'm missing. I think both of these Hayden projects are great, and I'm looking forward to watching them progress.
  13. I still consider myself to be fairly early in my musical journey, but here are my experiences, for what they're worth. My main focus has been on hymn tunes, and I employ a mix of trial & error and formal arranging. My command of music theory is still very limited, but part of my aim in the formal approach is to give more attention to voice leading. It does tend to produce a different result from what I would arrive at otherwise. I'm usually working from somebody else's chords (or four part arrangement), because I want to preserve the traditional/familiar feel of the music, but I'm slowly getting more confident at starting from scratch. I don't entirely ignore the limits of the Anglo keyboard as I go (in particular, I avoid the missing low A on my G/D), but I often address bellows direction conflicts as a separate step. In fact, the entire job of fitting the arrangement to the Anglo keyboard is usually a somewhat separate step. This can lead to some awkward fingerings, but I try to make sure I have something that I can play cleanly, and sometimes I change the arrangement to make it easier to play. A bit more of the trial and error approach tends to leak in at this point at well, but I take the results back to the formal arrangement, validating each one against the other. It's not unusual to be missing half of the notes for a particular chord, so I tend to prioritize the "interesting" ones. I think it's often good to limit myself to just a couple of harmony voices anyway, which means tetrachords will be missing at least one note anyway. Sometimes I can't continue the chord I want across a particular melody note because of a bellows change, and I'll just play that one note by itself. I'm beginning to get a better idea of how I can have the harmony stay silent at times while still feeling full and present. I've been noticing lately that I have a tendency to place the melody lower, keeping the melody and harmony closer together than might be preferable, because that lets me access more bellows reversals for melody notes, which opens up different chord options. When I forgo the formal process entirely, I find that I tend to rely heavily on "standard" chord spellings. Those do still show up a lot in the formal approach, but I'd say there's more variation in the note combinations I arrive at with that method. I'm sure there's more I could say, but that's probably enough rambling for now.
  14. Thanks for this and your other contributions for world concertina day. As someone who hasn't met many other concertina players in person, it was especially fun to see people playing different concertinas together.
  15. Thanks for starting this, Alan! And thanks to everybody that's shared a recording! It's been great fun listening to everyone's approach to the tune. Played on an Edgley G/D Anglo.
  16. I'm imagining a composer lifting the lid on a big old chest and rummaging around. Shoving strife to one side and jealousy to the other, mumbling to themselves, "dissonance... dissonance... I know it's in here somewhere!"
  17. Kathryn, looking back at your own contributions to the tablature thread, I'd say what you've been doing seems like a good system already. If it gets too busy on one staff, then break out the harmony. The only catch is that in that scenario, I find that trying to indicate which hand is playing the note in standard notation tends to lead to some strange results if the melody ever crosses over to the left hand.
  18. My experience has been that while there are many notation systems, there are two that currently see widespread use: standard musical notation and Gary Coover's tablature. If your goal is to reach a wide audience, I would stick to these. My personal practice these days is to use treble clef for melody and octavate treble clef for harmony, without regard for which hand is playing the note, and then add Coover tabs around the melody staff. I've found this to work relatively well, but I play a G/D, and bass clef for harmony might make more a little sense for the range of a C/G. Gary asked a while back about how comfortable folks are with the bass clef and with octave shifted notation. If you want to get really experimental, you could use my proposed minimalist tablature from this thread. Even I haven't published anything with it though, so you might not find much of an audience. 😆
  19. I hate to admit it, but sometimes understanding a bug isn't worth the effort if you can fix it anyway. It's a balancing act against how likely you think it is for it to somehow bite you (and your users) in the future. But if your users expect you to keep adding features, it's helpful to be able to understand how the code works. 😉
  20. Hmm, the latest update seems to have rendered it inoperable, at least in Chrome on Android. The keyboard and buttons are there, but there's no note names on them and they don't respond to being pressed. Speaking as someone who is a software engineer by trade, there's no such thing as cheating. Nobody cares how you get the results as long as they're good, and your results are good. Your design chops really shine through, too.
  21. You can usually just wait for the timer to run down and then hit refresh. Don's suggestion is a good one though, and I'll often do that in addition to using the forum's search feature.
  22. YouTube threw this at me this morning: This is a good simple way to get started with harmony, along the lines of what Clive suggested. I don't disagree with what he and wunks have said. I do find my meager grasp of music theory to be very helpful in building arrangements, but the real test is always how things actually sound. You don't have to know any of the rules (more what you'd call "guidelines") in order to make something that sounds nice. A lot of music theory is just an after-the-fact description/explanation of things that people found by experimenting anyway. Think of the theory as a chance to learn from those past experiments while still conducting your own.
  23. Oh fun! I've enjoyed seeing you play all the Christmas music on the Herrington. Thanks for having a go at this arrangement as well, even though it arrived a bit late in the season. I really love this song, and it's a lot of fun to play on Anglo - I'm a bit sad to set it down until next year.
  24. While perhaps not very precise, I've seen both terms used to refer to mics. Which, to Don's point, is what you should be using, if you're talking about concertinas. There are a few different approaches to miking a concertina, but based on past discussion on the topic, each has its pros and cons. What do you want to do with it? Live performance? YouTube videos? What sort of budget are you considering? Providing some more details will most likely get you a more helpful answer for your specific needs.
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