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    Melodeon, recorder, church organ, and... concertina !
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    starting anglo concertina

    Hi, As a beginner I can recommend the Gary Coover books. I find them very clear and of progressive difficulty.
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    Jody's next CD, TRAIN ON THE ISLAND

    Very good news ! Can't wait to listen to this album too.
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    My Beginner Youtube Videos

    Only my laptop with its integrated webcam and mics. Far from perfect, but someday I'll browse the C.net forum to find some video capture material :-) And for recording, I use an online utility (https://webcamera.io/fr/), and then edit a little and add fadings with OpenShot video editor (https://www.openshot.org/).
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    My Beginner Youtube Videos

    Thanks ! I exclusively use for now the Gary Coover books. Yes for harmonic style there are many tunes with suggested or fingered chords. The Carol comes from the Christmas concertina book. The Eleanor Plunkett , coming from the Irish session tunes book, has also a harmonized version, but I don't play it good enough for now. Next time I hope ! I love this air.
  5. Hello, I humbly post here the link to my Youtube beginner videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlQHBXOFQbAnA6tiJ1aZKg I had posted some firsts in last posts of a thread dedicated to the choice to make before buying an instrument (here), but I dare now to create this thread only for my video attempts to play the anglo ! Any advices and comments will be greatly appreciated. I know it's for now very simple, but I hope to keep this Youtube chain live, and I wanted to share. Have a good day, Terence
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    Bad Habits

    I like this topic and all these useful informations ! I am also a newbie player of anglo. Terence
  7. Hi, Thinking about other tunes book which could be made with a "theme", I wonder if a "world war one tunes" could be of interest ? I listened to these songs and find them probably suited to a tune book : "It's a long way to Tipperary" (1912, popular since 1914 with United Kingdom expeditionary forces coming to Boulogne-sur-Mer in France) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVM-tFAdADg "Waltzing Matilda" (1895, Australia) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwvazMc5EfE "Danny Boy" (on Londonderry Air, irish tune) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lj8Zg_PiN4 "Keep the home fires burning" (Ivor Novello, 1914) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P8UokgVqWs "Pack up your troubles on your old kit-bag" (1915) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXcs1Vv3YlE "Over there" (1917, when US declared war) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6hRDS3LvQQ "Farewell to Slavianka" (1912 for Balkanic wars, but popular during WW1 among russian soldiers) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJt_JdFwLw0 "Der Gute Kamerad" (Ich hatt' einen Kameraden, 1809 but very popular among german troops) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN-vN_zJvwE "Lili Marleen" (1938 but from the poem Lied eines jungen Wachtpostens from 1915) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh4qe0Hp6RU "Quand Madelon" (1917) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS2ML_0Ky0M "There's a long long trail" (1914) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WdCCNXL6Uc "Roses of Picardy" (1916) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ87ICmR-2k "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier" (1915, anti war song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C2qOAgMCl4 "It's time for every boy to be a soldier" (1917, lyrics from the same author of previous song !!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX3SuMQJQLY ..... There are surely more of popular songs to add ! See here this tracklist. Here is an interesting article of UCSB Cylinder archive. Another (french) source (National library recordings) Some other popular "tunes" of that time, such as from Debussy, Ravel or Holst are probably less suited to a tune book, I guess. What do you think of it ? Gary Coover, after the Cowboy concertina, perhaps ?
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    Cormac Begley At The Cobblestones, Dublin

    Thanks for this site ! Great recordings, with a good sound quality. Why do they put videos with flash, however ??
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    Cowboy Concertina - New Book?

    Hi Gary, I have no "cowboy song" to submit, but I'm longing to buy this book when ready. Between gifts and personal boughts, I have now all of your anglo tutors. I find them very clear, "sober" (I mean without many "disturbing" pics or anecdotes). There are plenty of tunes ; I find them accurately chosen and sorted. Congratulations for this well-done work. So ! When this book will be ready, I would be glad to know it.
  10. Mike, I understand ; thanks for detailed explanation. I totally agree : I have to improve this, among many other things. By the way, I have difficulties to play on the left hand the middle finger for E/F (fourth button in Gary Coover tab system) at the same time with the ring finger for B/C (ninth button). Does anyone have some advice ? I guess it would help me to have handrests higher than the default ones ; I have quite long fingers. Didier Jaffr├ędo in his tutor tells one can adapt tubular pipe insulation material on handrests if I remember well.
  11. Hi everyone, thanks Jody, Peter and Mike for your messages. I'm indeed happy to play this concertina ; I even started to upload some beginner videos on Youtube, mainly for family relatives who were curious to hear my recent gift. I put the link here only for those who wish to hear it, please forgive my beginner playing (with already some errors in the middle...). https://youtu.be/zbXjsJyPjPw
  12. Hi Frank, Peter and Craftydab. Thanks for the advice. I'm now a happy owner of the Lachenal - Murdoch 26 button shown above (bought from Chris at Barleycorn). I know it would perhaps need some "repair" or so in next years whereas a "well-made" hybrid such as yours would not. But I am so confident now to have stuck with vintage instead of hybrid, because of the sound. I am playing a very good (tipo a mano reeds) Castagnari melodeon, and I am very very happy to start playing a "real concertina reeds" instrument in parallel. I know, even Wheastone used accordion reeds during the 20th century, and accordion reeds concertinas are not "low end" or "not real" concertinas. But I personnaly needed an instrument with different reeds for my ears and heart. Something very personal. And since last week when I started playing, the house and the family members find the sound I emit rather nice to hear :-) I'm personnaly loving the sound of this vintage concertina.
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    30 Button C/g Anglo Concertina Available

    I can't reach website http://hmi.homewood.net/ Any advice ?
  14. It's there. In this "just received" cardboard package. Chris from Barleycorn has taken all precautions for the shipment, from "Fragile" tape outside to polystyrene chips inside. When opening, a small smell of antique things... or probably more likely shoe polish, perhaps because of new straps. The concertina is comfortably but tightly installed in its hexagonal wooden box. I dream of this since a year ! What a beautiful instrument. So tiny ! I must say I never held a concertina before, and am surprised by the size, the delicate fretwork, the small but protuding buttons. I carefully respect a warm up time of half an hour, "tasting" this moment, admiring the object without hearing it yet. I let it breathe a few times with the air button, and try some strap adjusting with these small flat screws. A bit afraid of any possible damage due to delivery conditions (not related to Barleycorn), I hesitate before pushing any "singing" button.... but wow ! What a sound ! "Clear", "bright", "without artifice yet so lovely and true" are some of the things which come up to my mind when playing a little. So close yet so different from my Castagnari 3 voices melodeon. I'm so happy to have chosen a vintage instrument with its "true" reeds (no offense meant here), helping me to clearly put a place in my heart "side by side" with my melodeon (but again that's personal). I'm surprised to find very fast a way to handle the air button (the right thumb can have its revenge on the left one), and already note that I must be careful about "bad habits" (well some that I guess, such as helping the push movement of a right hand melody with left fingers pushing the left end instead of resting on buttons). C/G melodeon playing helps sometimes, like the diatonic scale on right hand. But for the left hand used to "prepared" bass chords, it's another story. Well I am happy to already have a "strong" left little finger. The notes "spreading" among both sides is truly new and I'm loving it. Left and right ears are equally happy :-) Makes me think a little about the church organ. I've "played" concertina for half an hour so far, but I am truly happy with this instrument, and wrote this post to tell it to you :-) Good day to you all !