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Brian Peters

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    Anglo player, also singer of traditional songs, melodeonist and guitarist. <br />Traditional tunes, occasional ragtime, Beatles, music hall etc.<br />Left hand chords, moving beyond the home key signatures<br />Hill-walking, squash, really heavy ballads, Stockport County (lapsed)
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  1. Practicing with a metronome may be good discipline, but it can also deliver a very nasty shock!
  2. I do remember the occasion, Mike. I was performing with Gordon Tyrrall, so had a limited choice of repertoire to play with. I will always try and play a couple of extra things on anglo if there's a fellow player in the room, especially when requested!
  3. Actually I wasn't, and very nice it is too. Thanks for that - it now has an extra view to add to the 75,000+, and an extra 'Like' as well. But how on earth could 7 people find it within themselves to give that a thumbs-down? Though having said that I recall a chap who came to one of my melodeon workshops and became very angry because I'd committed the musically elitist sin of talking about modal scales in analysing a tune. Not only did he storm out in the middle of the session, but he took the trouble to seek out all of my videos on Youtube and dislike every one!
  4. Pinewoods Camp in August was certainly less challenging than the Winter solstice, Jim. Nice idea to use Anglo for those kind of tunes. I didn't know 'Old Heidelburg' but have just looked it up - nice tune, and the challenge would be to fit in some of those jazzy chords that the piano player does. I'd be interested to hear what you do with it, Jim. I have to admit that 'Weeping Willow Rag' took a lot of working out.
  5. 'Tall and willowy' is not something I get called on a regular basis, but I'll take it as a compliment... And although we all love to achieve challenging targets and gain the approbation of our peers, actually having fun playing music is the best validation IMO!
  6. Good point Little John. When I think about it, I've only seen JK use his accordion case when playing the big button box, and he's always played the anglo without support. He makes a lot of use of cross-rowing so doesn't need to waggle the bellows about so much, which is usually when the thing needs a bit of extra stability.
  7. I've been known to use my melodeon case, but my concertina case doesn't get the knee sufficiently high.
  8. I think we can forgive you for playing that one seated, when you do as good a job as that! An excellent advertisement for the Hayden duet system - thanks, David I enjoyed that very much.
  9. I'll remember the tip about the gloves if I ever find myself playing outside in winter, but I've managed to avoid that successfully over the past 40 years!
  10. Interesting, David B. I'd have thought your instrument is heavier than mine, too. When it comes to playing standing, I would always do that when accompanying songs, but I often sit down to play instrumentals because it gives me more control, at least in certain tunes depending on how much bellows work there is, and sometimes on the fingerings. However, during a concert set I'd be alternating anglo with other instruments, so I'm not accustomed to playing standing for a long period. Maybe I'm just not sufficiently used to it. On the other hand, I know plenty of anglo players who can't play standing at all.
  11. David Colpitts, re singing and playing, you just keep on doing it until you can do it! Good luck!
  12. David, will you be processing with the dancers at those street fairs? I found playing for 20 minutes whilst processing with Pinewoods Morris when they danced AB at camp last year pretty hard on the wrist and hand muscles!
  13. Thanks, David. Interesting to hear our different interpretations of the harmony - I like your descending bass line. And you are of course correct about the spelling!
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