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Timv

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  1. The devil plays a concertina on the cover of John Prine's record Lost Dogs + Mixed Blessings
  2. I got my copy a few days ago and I started working on The Entertainer over the weekend. You surely weren't kidding about this book being much more challenging than the others. I do appreciate the challenge, though!
  3. Wonderful recording so far (and very educational)! Hope I can catch the next concert live.
  4. When I take apart my 30 button concertina I use tweezers. I try to line maybe one row of buttons onto the plate and apply a small amount of pressure on the plate, just to keep all buttons slightly pressed into the plate. Then I go from button to button with the tweezers and nudge them into the holes. This way I don't have to hold the concertina upside down and I find it's easier to see what I'm doing.
  5. Yes, it is. The music played here is Jody's and the person playing the concertina in the video was motion captured by him.
  6. Thanks for the tip. Sadly, it seems that the concertina is really rare to find in the game. I did spot another one in the St. Denis train station one time.
  7. Congratulations, it's a good concertina to fall in love with.
  8. That's a good find. I was just watching another one of the instrument making videos, it's a fascinating tradition. Although not really a playable instrument, I found this one interesting: It's what shepherds used to make just for fun. I did however found this polka: This page is just what I've been looking for!
  9. A youtube search brought me to this page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvREJUMEC9tG4kGtPKL_1yQ/videos which has a huge number of videos and looks very promising.
  10. This type of accordion is more or less the national instrument of Slovenia. How this music could be played on a concertina I have no idea. The playing is fast, but luckily I think most songs are in the key of C, which should work perfectly with the C/G anglo.
  11. Jody, wow what an exhaustive list! Thank you so much for taking the time. although I have a friend with a banjo and another with an electric bass, we just can't seem to find a timeslot where we could get together at this time. In the meantime, I started to arrange some popular music from the 60s (we call them evergreens), but it's slow work. I will post some recordings once I'm proficient enough. The problem here is that it's very hard to find anything written down, and as far as I know there are no music events where that kind of music can be heard, but I will keep my eyes open. Folkloric dancing is very strong here in Slovenia, and I've found recordings, plus I have some friends who are into it, but I need to explore this a bit more. A friend however sent me this video: A nice dancing tune is played from around 5 minute mark onwards, which could be nice to play, but I haven't tried it yet. This recording is from Rezija, which is culturally Slovenian, but is now a part of Italy. This is a very good list that I haven't seen yet. I will check them out, thanks! As for this specific style of music, it's something I (and many young people here) am not interested in. It's overplayed and sadly you get sick of it from hearing it everywhere. There are, of course, exceptions here, and I will attach one of my favorite songs: Thank you for your effort, Jody. I will keep on working towards finding songs I enjoy playing and will report back with recordings once I get satisfying results (although this might take a while).
  12. I have a Swan and am quite pleased with it. I can't speak for the Rochelle or Wren, but I had a cheap ~300 € concertina before that and the difference is huge. The Swan has very good response for the price and the sound levels of all reeds are very balanced over the whole range. My only problem is that the buttons are very thing and sometimes harder to hit, but I think you get used to this.
  13. Jody, thanks for reviving this thread. Since I came here about a year later, I completely missed it. The original recording of the process of you learning the tune is fascinating and is just the kind of skill I wish to attain some day! Although I love the music very much, the bluegrass/old-timey music is sadly pretty much non-existent in my part of Europe, so sessions like you described don't happen. I will probably start to apply more pressure on my music-playing friends to experiment with this (or maybe find out if there was any session traditions in Slovenia way back). Thanks for the inspiration!
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