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  1. 16 hours ago, RAc said:


    I had seen that video before, and it didn't impress me too much, but there is no point in debating (musical) taste. It's certainly a reasonable arrangement, but to my ear it doesn't fit the lyrics which (as in Barrett's Privateers) ask for strong vocals. But again, that's purely personal, sorry for bringing in my opinion earlier, I shouldn't have done that...


    Ah yes, I completely agree about the voice not being strong enough for this.

  2. 15 hours ago, RAc said:

    The only non a capella rendition of Northwest Passage I consider worth listening to comes from Stan's son Nathan who accompanies himself on guitar (simply search the tube for it).


    What do you think about this version? I love the added instrumentals.


  3. 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.

  4. 15 minutes ago, Jody Kruskal said:

    Yeah, now you are talking. Not that sanitized nationalistic polka stuff but rather the real old music that may have been recorder in the early 1900's


    How about this one at 2:40?



    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!

  5. 59 minutes ago, Jody Kruskal said:



    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.

  6. 59 minutes ago, Jody Kruskal said:

    Dear Timv,


    Any luck yet in finding someone to play with together with in Slovenia?


    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.


    1 hour ago, Jody Kruskal said:

    Or what about exploring Slovenian traditional music or fiddle tunes or dance tunes or songs on the concertina? That's what I did here where I live.


    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.


    1 hour ago, Jody Kruskal said:

    Don't you have social dance groups doing Slovenian folkloric presentations or just dancing for fun at local parties and gatherings


    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.


    1 hour ago, Jody Kruskal said:

    Folk music revivalists include Volk Volk, Kurja Koža, Marko Banda, Katice, Bogdana Herman, Ljoba Jenče, Vruja, Trinajsto praše, Šavrinske pupe en ragacone, Musicante Istriani, and Tolovaj Mataj.

    One of the best Slovenian diatonic accordionists is Nejc Pačnik who won the accordion world-championship twice, in 2009 and 2015.


    This is a very good list that I haven't seen yet. I will check them out, thanks!


    1 hour ago, Jody Kruskal said:

    Slovenian country music

    From 1952 on, the Slavko Avsenik's band began to appear in broadcasts, movies, and concerts all over the West Germany, inventing the original "Oberkrainer" sound that has become the primary vehicle of ethnic musical expression not only in Slovenia, but also in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and in the Benelux, spawning hundreds of Alpine orchestras in the process. The band produced nearly 1000 original compositions, an integral part of the Slovenian-style polka legacy. Avsenik's most popular instrumental composition is the polka that is titled "Na Golici" (in Slovene), or "Trompetenecho" (in German), and "Trumpet Echoes" (in English). Oberkrainer music, which the Avsenik Ensemble popularized, is always a strong candidate for country (folk) music awards in Slovenia and Austria. Slavko and his brother, Vilko, are usually credited as the pioneers of Slovenian folk music, having solidified its style in the 1950s.

    Many musicians followed Avsenik's steps, one of the most famous being Lojze Slak.


    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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 6 hours ago, Jody Kruskal said:

     The concertina audio is all me, no phony accordions here.


    I really like that. I was scouring the internet to get the information about who played the concertina. I found a list of musicians that made the soundtrack and couldn't find the concertina listed anywhere. There was only one mention of an accordion, and I feared that that was what's played here.

    Great work!


    6 hours ago, Jody Kruskal said:

    If you can find any other Pearson clips, I would love to see them.


    I also found this version of Home, Dearie, Home, which is really nice as well.


  10. That's excellent, I had no idea they got an actual concertina player for motion capture.


    Did you record the audio as well or was that done by someone else?


    I'm trying to get a hold of the full version of the song in the video below, but I guess I will have to wait for the release of the game soundtrack.


    Great job!

  11. 12 hours ago, ritonmousquetaire said:

    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?



    Thanks! I tried playing only the pah-pah part, but it seemed too quick to be combined with the melody. Although, it might be possible I gave up too early.


    12 hours ago, tealeaf said:

    It's a high compliment! There's a running joke in the Monkey Island series where Guybrush refers to things as the second <something>-est thing he's ever seen.


    Ah, it seems it's been too long since I played the games :)

  12. 6 hours ago, tealeaf said:

    That's the second best version I've ever seen!


    This has been one of my dream pieces for a long time, and I've been working through scoring my own version of this. Now I'm just going to be recreating yours! Do you have any of this scored out -- notation or tablature?


    The one bit I do have satisfactorily is the introductory run of notes from the very beginning of the original version.


    Thanks, Tealeaf!


    Unfortunately, I don't have have anything written down, I just play it from my head. I got the chords from this site: https://scummbar.com//resources/downloads/index.php?todo=Sheet_Music

    After I got the chords, I fitted the melody to work with them.


    I have so far avoided the intro part but I must add it some time. As I've said I keep finding parts that I can play in a better way, so the song keeps constantly changing.


    Now I wonder what the best version you've seen was ?

  13. Thank you all for the encouraging words!


    There’s a few good versions on YouTube which you’ve probably already seen. I keep meaning to learn a version for myself but then I listen to people like you play it so well and I think you have it covered lol.


    I've seen these, but they weren't exactly how I wanted to play it, so I changed it to my version.


    I've been playing the piano accordion when I was very young, and then only rarely after that, and the Monkey Island theme is now one of only a few songs I can play on it. Since I now learned it (moreorless) smoothly on the concertina, it's safe to say that in my almost two years of playing I am finally better at the concertina than the accordion, which to me is a very nice thought :)

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