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  1. On the gallica (national library of France) website. Have to say I'm quite happy to say it is eventually available that way, I had been looking for the score for a while. All the EC players around here don't have any excuse anymore not to tackle these pieces and I'm looking forward to hearing your attempts at them in the video section in the coming weeks. Just kidding of course ! But the Hexameron is often hailed as the reference to show what the EC is capable of, and yet I'm still waiting to see a video of someone tackling the marvelously sounding #5 one on the EC. That would be great ! Hope this was the right section for posting this - I hesitated with the tunes one but considering the importance of the Hexameron for the EC repertoire I thought it would be worth it to mention it here. Feel free to displace this if that's not the case...
  2. Great piece, and it's nice to have that concertina solo part as an intro!
  3. A great rendition as always, love your arrangements! That tune is great and works in many rhythms... Among the faster takes my favorite version is this one : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2lM1ISyNeo By the way, I wanted to listen to your version of Brassens's "La Marine" the other day, but couldn't find it anymore on youtube - did you get it removed?
  4. Fantastic work! Looking forward to hear more in that vein!
  5. Wow, these recording are absolutely fantastic, the arrangements are incredibly "full" sounding and the instrument sounds great (not only is the tone really good, but the bass and treble notes are very well balanced), I'd be curious to know more about it. It sets a nice bar for good duet concertina playing. That audio was also neatly captured, kudos to whoever was on the "sound engineering" side. I didn't know about this french association about the concertina btw, does anybody know more about its activities?
  6. Melodicas are fascinating indeed, especially when played with two hands, the japanese way! Two hands playing seems less common with accordinas though. I find such performances almost depressing from a concertina playing point of view : Few concertina videos / arrangements out there sound as good and full as these, yet melodicas are available for 100€ while one will have to pay ten times that price to get a not that good concertina with less range. Glad to see these 3D printed concertinas appearing though! Hope it will make getting an ok instrument for a not too high price much easier in the future.
  7. By the way, I can’t find the link to your "Chimère" video anymore, do you still have it? I loved listening to it!
  8. I’m amazed both by your arranging and playing abilities - it really sounds good, very close to the original despite the range limitation, and you managed to play it all! Are you working on any other Bach pieces, or pieces written for the keyboard at large? It’s always a delight!
  9. Amazing as always! When will you guys start making concerts?
  10. Have there been any attempt to use harmonica reels, which are even smaller I believe? Could that be a way to have a small instrument with a larger range? About the air button : so if I’m getting it right there’s no thumb button - is that because it was more convenient to have it as a "normal" key, or does it offer an advantage for playing?
  11. The minuet in G minor is a great one. Bach was really a genius, making simple pieces sound absolutely fantastic - and you're interpretation here is really paying it justice. Well done! Hope to hear more soon!
  12. The instrument has a beautiful sound, and the arrangement you're playing here is great - you definitely get a fuller sound than most EC arrangements. Here it really sounds like a multi-parts arrangements - would be curious to hear more!
  13. These records are excellent Boney! I love the very full sound you get in both At A Georgia Camp Meeting and Tobasco - in both you make a great use of your right hand, and I really love the occasional counter-melodies like embelishments, as well as the chord played with the right hand in the offbeat. Tobasco in particular sounds incredibly full, and the variations starting at 2:00, when you shift the melodic work to the left hand, are really good. You almost sound like a concertina playing V. Marceau! Did you ever publish the sheet music for these arrangements online?
  14. I'd love to hear you play this 65 key WW-2! There aren't many players using such instruments out there, and given what you were able to get from that 46-keys WW-1 I'm really looking forward hearing what you can come up with!
  15. I remember you had told me you were working on this piece - the result is magnificent! It does have this musette waltz feeling which I'm particularly fond of, and I especially love the part at 1:48 in which you get a very full sound with these drone notes, almost like a barrel organ... Hope you'll record other pieces in the same style!
  16. I love the invention Nr 8, it used to be one of the few pieces I could play more or less correctly on the piano... Can't wait to hear your concertina transcription! I did play Schaffs mit mir on the anglo, but I don't think I'd be able to play it anymore, it's been quite a long time since I last attempted it... I think there was one high note I had to replace.
  17. Have you ever tried to arrange Bach's "Schaffs mit mir" on the concertina? I'm pretty sure it could sound great!
  18. I really like your version! One question though; you chose to keep an "oom-pah" pattern in the bass whereas the original follows an "oom-oom-pah-pah" pattern - have you tried to play it that way also?
  19. Hello everybody, this is not entirely new, as we had already discussed that player's achievement here a while ago, but I stumbled upon his work again yesterday while searching for concertina arrangements of german well-known air "Puppchen, du bist mein Augenstern", for which he made a good arrangement. But what really caught my ear is his version of the Marino Waltz : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIhQ_NF5wbI He's playing a basic, two-reeded, 20 keys anglo - but in my opinion he has fuller arrangements, and a more beautiful sound than many of the more high-end concertina players that can be heard online. I also love the way he makes a good use of the lowest notes available on the anglo - which brings me back again to my point that duets makers are losing something by making their instruments often limited to the c below middle c. But I'd love to see more duets - and why not, english - players try to delve more into that kind of playing, and use the chromatic abilities of their instruments to make even richer arrangements - using chromatic runs and without any push-pull limit, you could get closer to what (in my opinion of course) would be the graal of the "full sound", the barrel organ! Thoughts aside, I hope you'll enjoy these videos as much as I do. He's really using the 20-keys anglo to its full harmonic potential.
  20. Tona, that's an amazing version! With these basses and counter-melodies, you almost sound like a string quartet. It seems that this tune fits the duet extremely well - the version JeffLeff recorded a few years ago also comes to mind. Forgive me if I already asked you this, but what's the range of your instrument? Now, with all the talents there are on this website, you guys should start to publish some of your arrangements!
  21. Great! Also, it's a nice example of the way you can come up with an arrangement in a different key for the same piece. It sounds great in D, and you're obviously having fun playing it!
  22. I'd be very curious to have a look at these videos! I didn't know that the concertina was played in Bolivia, it would be great to hear more!
  23. David > That's quite a fun story! I thought you had just recorded it for pleasure, hadn't guessed that this record actually was the first step in your acting career! ? Playing the concertina in such a setting must be an interesting challenge - are you also required to act while you play (not necessarily talking, but interacting with the other characters etc)? Looking forward to hear your latest arrangement - it'll be interesting to see how you managed to adapt it to the different key. Speaking of the arrangement, how did you come up with this one - especially for the bass part? Did you work by ear, or did you use a sheet music?
  24. The accompaniment for which piece? I've got to say that I haven't had much time to practice these past months, I should play a little bit more...
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