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About Gail_Smith

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    English. mainly traditional tunes - working on adding in more twiddles/chords/harmonies at the moment.
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    Wirral, UK

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  1. thanks Dave. I will be in touch if I cant bodge it to buy a bit more time thanks Gail
  2. Thank you. Some good ideas to investigate here. It's not the felt bush though because it is a metal-ended instrurment and has a sort of integral thickening plate that does that job and there is no felt - I should have said this at the beginning
  3. This is probably a question that has been asked before, but I couldn't find the answer. Sorry. The left-hand middle B on my Ediophone has started to sound on the "push" after about half an hour of playing after I have put the concertina back together after the latest attempted repair. The button is ever-so-slightly depressed compared to those around it when it is at rest. I have replaced the spring, but that has not solved the problem. I have tried gently expanding the new spring to force the finger end up and provide more pressure on the pad, but that didn't s
  4. Small point from a learner, that I don't think was covered above. When trying to play gentle music e.g. slow airs, and ending a phrase softly, I found that i was sometimes losing the final quiet low note, or it was "soundling" later than I wanted. . I think this is because the lower notes take more air going past them to sound. However, I was intuitively trying to land them at the end of a long drawn out bellows push (or more often, pull). So I am now trying to change the bellows direction whenever this is a danger, just to avoid losing that critical note.
  5. if anyone wants a harmonium as a restoration project, I have one you could have (near Liverpool, UK)
  6. I play EC. For me the difficulties currently arise when trying to sight-read dots that suddenly hit you with an A# or a Db. Because they are not where I want them to be. I suspect this is something i will get better at in future and eventually it won't be a problem... but it is at the moment. I have no idea if this is also a problem with the various duet systems.
  7. This is a question that comes up again and again and again. I am wondering if having a thread at the top of General Discussion on this , or a FAQ elsewhere on the site would be helpful. It could include 1. anglo, english or duet ? 2. what you get for your money at different price points 3. pointers to tutor books and online tutors. Point people who ask the question at this standard document/post - and then they can ask the more individual and interesting questions to the group ? Gail
  8. but the Mona Lisa has got that concertina fixed-expression-of-concentration-linked-to-mild-panic perfectly. I now know that she was thinking "what the hell is the b music ??..how does it start ???.. and its coming up soon..."
  9. Hm, it turns out that I already try to play a set with that great Paddy Faheys tune in it - its the other tunes i the same set that give me headaches ! Working on it tho...
  10. interesting- thanks. That's a different Paddy Fahey's reel from the one I usually trip over at full speed (and no, I'm not getting confued with Paddy Fahey's jig). So I will give it a go. Thanks. I like Northumberland tunes and I have a lot of those long thin booklets with very small dots in them that are slightly too difficult for me to read without photo-enlarging. But the tunes do tend to bounce around a lot rather than have easy-to-play-on-an-EC runs. Interesting idea on the Bee's wing ! I see its often played in G as well. Confounding fiddlers isn'
  11. Hi I'm looking for a reel or two that fall naturally under the fingers on an english concertina. The plan would be to get them up to speed to play in a public session (or post on the net in these strange times) . So, lots of nice runs, easy keys, and no repeat-note triplets please ! I seem to choose to practice interesting (often far too difficult) tunes rather than those i could get to a respectable standard. So it would be good to work on something that is naturally easier for a change. It would be even better if the tunes were hard to play on the fiddle.
  12. OK- I DID say "aide-memoire". My point wasn't to sight-read at speed (although i do try to do that with the 2-box-files-of-paper the longstanding group in the Irish Centre in Liverpool have as their repertoire - in the hope that eventually i will be able to play many more of the sets without referring to the notation) There are tunes i can happily play at home, but cant necessarily remember how to start the second tune in the set when I am in public. I like to use dots to get over that awful panic when you feel the B music approaching and you are so nervous tha
  13. I am wondering if its getting to be more socially acceptable to have the dots in front of you as an aide-memoire in sessions ? This used to be a definite no-no. The Kingston Irish Tunebook implies that you need to sit at the feet of the gurus for months, and get a nod from the guys in charge, before even daring to get an instrument out. However, I have "dropped in " on a small number of sessions in the last few years and found that people were happily reading off paper and tablets. Particularly people reading lyrics and strumming on guitars. The friendliest was in Ulverstone,
  14. Well, that was easy, when i finally had the time and courage to follow up your advice. Both D#s were loose in their reed shoes, as were a couple of the very high notes [I don't play these very often either]. They are now not loose and are essentially in tune. By the way - i was not intending ever to tune a reed higher just to please the fiddler, but i could see that she had a valid complaint when it was flat. The "swap the D# for the Eb" idea was a great bit of lateral thinking that would have been my next step. Thank you to everyone, particularly
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