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Moll Peatly

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  1. Helmholtz notation So yes, c' is middle c (or C4 in scientific notation).
  2. I like the idea of transparent ends, so you can see all the workings and gubbins. Like a skeleton clock. When I'm rich...
  3. Ask yourself four questions, in approximate order of importance: 1. Does the idea of getting a different note from the same button when you push and when you pull seem (a) perfectly natural and sensible or (b) utterly bizarre and brain-mangling? 2. What sort of music do you mainly want to play? (a) Folk and similar, in a few common keys or (b) a diverse range of music in all keys. 3. Should you use your two hands (a) right hand high notes, left hand bass like on a piano keyboard or (b) both hands playing an equal role like on a typewriter keyboard? 4. Do you expect to play (a) largely by ear or (b) largely from printed music/dots? If you answered 1a, 2a, 3a, 4a, get an anglo. If you answered 1b, 2b, 3b, 4b, get an English. If you answered 1b, 2b, 3a, 4b, get a duet. If you answered anything else, get a banjo. 😈
  4. Easy to play, portable, chromatic, can play chords or melodies, can (brainpower permitting) sing at the same time. I can't think of any other instrument that meets those criteria. Bonus: it doesn't need tuning.
  5. If you're travelling by train, you don't want to let your concertina bag out of your sight for a moment*. That means something you're prepared to have under your feet or on your lap for several hours. That leads me to Adrian Brown's solution: close-fitting rigid jug boxes in a rucksack padded with clothes and stuff. Or a large rigid case that you can use as a seat. But I would go with the rucksack myself. *Yes, I have had someone try to wander off with my rucksack. Luckily I was sitting close enough to see them and retrieve it.
  6. I've just realised my adventures in music scanning were some 19 years ago, so no wonder the tech has advanced since then. I'm glad you've got a solution that works. There's some lovely music in these old books, so it's great to bring them to life again.
  7. Tell you what David. I can only play from dots, I am terrible at playing by ear. One of my ambitions for this year is to improve my ear-playing. I'll work on that if you work on your reading. Deal? 😉 (Bet you play an anglo, don't you? An EC has a pretty good mapping between the dots on the stave and the buttons on the instrument. Dunno how it works on an anglo but it seems to be a lot more complicated.)
  8. Yeah, copyright law is a mess, but I think everything that's been posted above is correct. It's particularly difficult in the folk/trad world, where the culture is that music belongs to everyone and is for sharing, even as there's a recognition that artists deserve a reward for their work. One thing that would help enormously would be if artists were explicit in how they want their works to be controlled. Slap a big copyright statement on it if you want to retain complete control. Say it's in the public domain if you want to give it to the world. Or use one of the Creative Commons licences if you want an intermediate degree of control. For example, Paul Hardy's tunebooks have a nice clear statement at the beginning: If only people would keep the notices when they share stuff...
  9. I have used Sharpeye for converting scans of printed music to MusicXML, which I then loaded into a music processor (I use Mozart but Musescore is probably more popular and free). Sharpeye works pretty well if you've got a nice clean scan of fairly simple music, but it can take a fair bit of work to correct if the scan is poor-quality or the music is complex (e.g. many piano scores). Sometimes it's easier just to retype it directly into your music program. Sharpeye is pretty old and newer software may be better, but my guess is the same will apply. What does your source material look like? My hunch is that if you're talking about early C20 tunebooks, the printing is quite close and speckled, so it might be easier to retype.
  10. Concertinas and cows is definitely a thing: https://mobile.twitter.com/DickKingSmith/status/1334396483202928640
  11. I don't know why no-one replied to your original post -- sometimes it seems everyone is waiting for someone else to reply, and it drops down the page out of sight. You could always try invoking Cunningham's law: threaten to superglue a couple of random parts together and see what response you get. Anyway, the usual answer would be to get a copy of Dave Elliott's Concertina Maintenance Manual. A quick skim doesn't find this particular problem, but it would give you the confidence to rummage around the works, which is often enough to fix common problems.
  12. That looks like the standard SATB arrangement, which AFAIK is Holst's own. Presumably you play it up an octave?
  13. Chester Folk Festival is a smallish do that takes place over the late May bank holiday weekend. This year, rather than cancelling, it's going online, with (as best I can tell) a mix of prerecorded videos and live Zoom events. Less ambience perhaps but more accessible to non-locals. Free but donations welcome. Sonopneumaticists may be interested in two events with Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne, but concertinas will doubtless be in evidence elsewhere. Personally I'm looking forward to the online ceilidhs...
  14. You say bulk is a concern, but it's not clear if you mean in regard to travelling or to playing. If the latter, you should be aware that an EC is held by the thumb and (a bit) the little finger, which can be a bit of a weight until you get used to it. It certainly requires decent posture; I haven't tried playing the EC while lying down, and I'm not sure I want to. I believe anglos tend to be a little lighter than Englishes, and duets a little heavier. The wrist straps may make them feel lighter, I don't know. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.
  15. Harps North West are running a project (which they started before this latest little trouble sprang up, but has become more timely) in which people are invited to record themselves playing a few bars of Pachelbel's Canon, which will then be mixed together into a whole. That sounds like fun, but also quite a lot of work for someone, so I'm afraid I'm not going to volunteer tp do a concertina version.
  16. As the WP page says, there are two distinct meanings of "swing": groove or feel, and playing unequal notes. I say distinct, but of course the latter feeds into the former. A common example of unequal notes is the hornpipe. These tunes are customarily written down with pairs of equal quavers, but that is not how they are played. You can think about the swing in different ways, depending how your brain works: - The first quaver is lengthened and the second quaver is shortened; - The second quaver is played late; - It is played as a crochet + quaver triplet, or as a dotted quaver plus semiquaver, or somewhere in between. Another common example is the Viennese waltz, where the second beat of the bar comes fractionally early, and the third beat slightly late (though I don't think this is usually described as swing). Lilt is similar, but (to me at least) lilt refers to triple-time tunes and swing to simple time. But I may have just made that up. As for playing with swing: the ideal is to "just know" how it feels, and have sufficient command of your instrument that you can make it happen. For the rest of us... I dunno. If you want to analyse it, you could try getting a computer to play the tune, which it will do absolutely soullessly and straight, and compare that to the concertina in your head (which, if you're anything like me, sounds much better than the concertina in your hands) and see what you would emphasise differently. Emphasis can be playing a note a bit louder (or suddenly softer), or a bit more (or less) staccato, or for a longer duration, or with an appoggiatura, or whatever other musical effect you can think of. Different styles of music will prefer different effects, of course.
  17. You're probably aware of Jeremy Barlow's The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master (Faber), which contains... well I'll let you work it out. Exhaustive and scholarly but sometimes confusing with the different tune variants. Indispensable if these tunes are your thing.
  18. I should give credit for the source of that quote: I got it from Jane Foster's Living History Tune Book.
  19. It could be worse: (I figured a good way to make myself welcome on a concertina forum is to slag off bagpipe players...)
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