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  1. Hi all - I'm a fiddle player that is just getting into the concertina. On the fiddle I like to play slow tunes with long phrases - tunes like "In the Bleak Midwinter" - not into ompa music. These are the tunes I would also like to play with the concertina. I first started playing with an english version and found it to be fun, but exhausting. The bellows were very stiff and did not seem to loosen up with playing - and I'm a big guy, so strength is not really the problem here. I've recently exchanged the english for an anglo. This one has bellows like butter! I can play for an hour and not feel tired. The problem is how to play the type of music I want - seems I'm always out of air! Is this just a matter of practice? I'm told that a player can use the air button to take quick sips of air as needed, but I've not figured that process out yet. Are there any practice routines I can do to master this or videos out there that show how to go about getting more air? Or do I need to go back to the english - but a better quality instrument.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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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  6. 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?
  7. My Thanks for the pdf and great suggestions on chords!
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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?
  14. I love the way this sounds on the anglo and it has me considering doing a switch. I am very appreciative of the books you've done for the anglo, both on Sea Shanties and Civil War tunes.
  15. I'm a beginner player with an English Concertina. I'm looking for a score for "In the Bleak Midwinter" written for the EC and with harmonies. I've found several written for anglo, but they are all in tab format and would be difficult to convert. I do have a score with just the melody, but I'm not advanced enough along in my playing to know how to add harmonies.
  16. I already know the mapping for the English. What I'm needing is the mapping for an anglo.
  17. I'm a beginning EC player. I've found that there are several books out there with music I'm interested in that are written for anglo. Should be no reason I couldn't play these if I could understand the tabs. I've uploaded an example. I understand that the numbers correspond to the anglo's keyboard and I've downloaded an image that shows the keyboard for a 20-key C/G anglo. As I understand it, the 5-4 under the second note refers to keys 5 & 4 on the left of the concertina and the notes would be associated with a push. That suggests that 5&4 are notes G & E. Here's the question - where on the scale are these E&G notes? What I need is a diagram showing buttons and the corresponding note on a scale. If I had an instrument I could probably figure it out, but since I don't I'm guessing. I've tried mapping them, but it's not looking right and doesn't sound right when I try to play them.
  18. Thanks for all the great replies!
  19. I've attached a snip of a song I'm working on - "High Barbaree" I'm a beginner playing an English Concertina - the 30-key Jackie. On the music you will see that it includes 3 guitar chords, starting with Gm, Cm and D7. I"ve seen the chord charts that show chord structure for the English and from it I see that on my Jackie, there are 3 different combinations of Gm. Same with the other two chords. Which one would I pick to play the first part of this song, and why? BTW - I have tried each of them and to be honest, none of them sound quite right.
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