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  1. McDouglas

    What our concertinas look like?

    Thanks to Greg Jowaisas, I've just purchased my first vintage English concertina. Wheatstone 48 buttons, brass reeds, rivet action, a warm and intimate sound that's going to be great for playing at home.
  2. Over several months I have read a number of threads advocating for Anglo or Duet or English concertinas with great interest. I had wondered after playing the EC for a year whether I ought to have chosen a different system. It has occurred to me recently that the chromatic nature of the English makes it ideal to play a wide range of keys and a broad range of music. Yes, I can play folk tunes in G and D easily. But when at Christmas the mandolin player of a group I played with wanted to play "Red Haired Boy" in A , well, no problem - I just made the adjustment. When I want to play in the mode of E minor and I want that raised 7th (D#), no problem - it's just a note away. When I decided to learn Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song" for fun this past month, no problem - the EC plays both diatonic lines in C and can move into the wonderful secondary harmonies that require Bb, Eb and Ab with no trouble. And now I'm learning a tango I found somewhere online: see attached file. Now I understand that there are tradeoffs. I can't "accompany myself" with as much facility as other systems seem to. But I am beginning to appreciate the EC is a remarkably flexible and adaptable instrument. Perhaps the lesson here is the journey of hard work to just begin to master an instrument is worth the time and patience required. I'm not there but I"m on the way. Your thoughts? Tango Argentin pdf.pdf
  3. Rich CR I've been playing piano since I was eight so it is the instrument I'm most comfortable with although I also play or have played saxophone, guitar and bass. I asked this same question almost exactly a year ago before purchasing an English Concertina. I suppose I hoped by picking a system that was somehow analogous to the piano (in some way) it would help me advance more rapidly. (One might make the case a Duet is a better analog: LH vs. RH). But here's the thing I've realized. I learned to play piano and guitar and saxophone at different times in life. Each informed the other and perhaps accelerated learning - but each required its own unique development of skill and muscle memory. I'm not sure I was asking the right question when I posed this a year ago. And maybe there is no correct answer. Bottom line: I've had a great time learning to play the EC and met some great folks this past fall in the UK because I dared to try to learn something new.
  4. McDouglas

    Source for ITM: "The Session"

    Gary, Thanks. It's great to see a list like this. Thanks so much! McDouglas
  5. As I was thinking about the "sighting" in the Dickens Movie, an Image popped into my head of another Xmas appearance.  Rather than re-watch the whole thing, I googled " Nightmare before Christmas" jazz band, and there it was!  Because I'm stuck in "archaic tech"  mode and have yet to grasp how to post pics.,  I thought I'd pass it along to you before putting it up.  If you're tech savvy perhaps you'd post it?  If not I'll put it up later this evening.  I've no Idea if it's been posted before.


    Happy holidays 


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    2. McDouglas


      Is this the one?

    3. McDouglas


      Have to admit I don't know about the "spotting of the year award".  Feel free to repost this.  I'm happy to split the prize :)


    4. wunks


      Yep.  thanx 

  6. McDouglas

    Source for ITM: "The Session"

    Gcoover, will you say more about these "original sources"?
  7. Let me follow up with a follow up question. I've been playing the concertina connection Jackie for a year. It has six bellow folds. I am exploring purchasing a vintage Wheatstone or Lachenal. In my price range some have four folds, some five. (The six fold instruments are generally above my budget. Although interestingly I see some high-end instruments with only four-folds.) So do you think I will experience much of a difference in moving from a six-fold EC to one that has four or five? (I'm going to guess that the transition between instruments will involve more than merely the number of bellows. However I will have only a few hours to try out the instruments with someone in a different state so here I'm trying to consider how to anticipate what I may expect).
  8. McDouglas

    Source for ITM: "The Session"

    Thank you. Very helpful.
  9. McDouglas

    Source for ITM: "The Session"

    I know this website must have been around for a while but just today I've discovered a great source for ITM tunes: The Session. https://thesession.org/tunes Ability to search by tune type (reels, jigs, hornpipes, etc) and by keys.
  10. McDouglas

    Beginning player, need purchase advice

    Check out https://www.concertinaconnection.com Wim Wakker makes a hybrid concertina (accordion reeds) in Washington state. The Jackie is an English or Rochelle is an Anglo. The retail price is $425 but ask about a preowned instrument. I've spent the last year learning on a Jackie. It has been a very good entry level instrument. I'm actually looking for an upgrade instrument so if you decide on an English concertina and the Jackie is of interest, private message me. I may be able to make you a deal within your budget.
  11. McDouglas

    Nightingale Sang for Treble

    Just beautiful. I notice you looking at a stand with music on it. Do you ever publish your arrangements?
  12. McDouglas

    concertina sighting

    Ah, yes. I thought I heard that. It was indeed brief. My wife laughed at me when I got so excited about this concertina sighting. But it is quite rare.
  13. McDouglas

    my first Anglo recording :)

    Good morning Wolf, So loved hearing the side-by-side comparison of the Anglo and EC on the same tune. I listened to one tune, then the other, and then back to the first. Really interesting. I must admit - thought I'm in the market to upgrade my EC - I am very curious about the Anglo. Two questions: 1. I only play EC but am quite curious about the Anglo. Will you describe the LH accompaniment? It sounds like a bass note plus an off-beat (would you call that an oom-pah effect?) I'm not a great ear player but it sounds like this little tune has three chords. I'm looking at a 20b layout chart and trying to figure out how you do what I hear. 2. If I were to find a place in my budget to buy a 20b Anglo, will I be frustrated? What I mean is the EC is so versatile, being chromatic. Is a C/G Anglo quite limited by comparison? Or maybe another way to think about it is the Anglo is more specialized? 3. Why did you not buy a G/D Anglo?