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  1. I'm new to the anglo and I"m having trouble understanding just how to play simple chords along with a song. I've attached the song I'd like to play. I know the fingering for the chords shown and can play each of them. The problem comes from trying to play them with the song - always run out of air and the result sounds choppy and disjointed. For example, in the song I've attached, the chords go C - F - C - Am - C - F - C - G7. That's six measures on a push! I was wondering is anyone could do a quick video of this up to the G7 chord so I could see and hear how it should be played. BTW - I've gone thru all the technical talk about playing chords and I'm sure that will all be clearer to me as I get more experience. Right now I'd just like to know how to play chords as background to a song.
  2. Thanks for the idea. It got me looking around a bit more and it looks like use the 4a key anytime I use the 5a is going to be easier. Now for adding some harmony notes... Thanks again!
  3. Hi All! I'm a complete beginner on the anglo and have a question on how to play a song. The song contains a B-flat (key 5a). There are a number of runs where it goes from B-flat to G then A. I've found it smoother to use Key 8 for the G/A in this case. Further along in the song, it goes G-F-D-F-G-Bflat and this is where my fingers get braided together. How would you play this run? BTW - song is Misty Mountains, from the Hobbit movie. Couldn't find this already scored for the concertina, so I'm doing it myself.
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  5. I was watching an old western the other day and they snag this lovely song around the campfire. I would love to learn this on my anglo - does anyone know of the song "Green Grows the Laurel" and where I could get the music for it?
  6. My Thanks for the pdf and great suggestions on chords!
  7. Can anyone direct me to a harmony version of The Parting Glass. I'm a beginner on the anglo, and could really use a tab version of this song.
  8. Thanks for the great tips. One thing I'm confused on is using the air key while playing other notes - not sure how this helps. When playing the C chord, I'm on a push and running out of bellows space. Using the air key at that time simply makes the bellows run out of air quicker. Or am I doing something wrong?
  9. I'm a total beginner on the anglo, working my way thru Gary Coover's instruction book. I sing shanties and would like to get started on Fiddler's Green. This seems simple as there are only 5 chords - C - F - Am - G7 - Dm. Gary's book lists how to play theses in a couple of ways, but only for the left hand. The chords do seem to alternate nicely with pushes followed by pulls. but in a few spots there is a long time between changes of direction and I"m running out of bellows. Is there another way to play a C on a pull? BTW - I have found charts showing C on the right side, but it's much higher then the C chord on the left. I also know I could use the air button to get more bellow space, but that makes an annoying break in the songs rhythm.
  10. I'm selling my Jackie English concertina. The Jackie is a Treble concertina with 30 keys, ranging from below middle C to the second C above middle C, and is fully chromatic. Comes with a gig bag and a tutor written by Concertina Connections. $300 OBO
  11. I'm looking to purchase a good anglo concertina, but I'm confused about the layout - some say Jefferies, other say Wheatstone. I"m interested in playing from the Gary Coover books. What layout do I need so I can use the tabs shown in his books?
  12. I currently have a Jackie EC, but want to change over to an anglo - it will fit better with what I want to play. I'm thinking of either the Wren2 or Phoenix concertinas. Frankly, I don't see a difference in the descriptions of the 2 yet there is a large difference in cost. I've also read that the Wren2 had a problem with the keys sticking, but maybe this new version has fixed that? Any suggestions?
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