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  • Birthday 11/12/1992

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    English folk music, Finnish folk music, ukulele, tin whistle, sea shanties, singing, cooking, nice beer.
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    Brighton, UK

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  1. I’ve had my concertina for 4 days, and I’ve began learning from “Easy Anglo 1-2-3” by Gary Coover. It’s certainly challenging, but so far quite rewarding. I also worked out scales in G and D and I’m working on getting them under my fingers. I can tell it’s going to take a while to get to the point where I can play melody and harmony and sound nice (instead of clumsily honking through a tune on a single row), but I look forward to the journey there. Its my mums birthday today and I had wanted to play her ‘Happy Birthday’ with a nice harmony, I transcribed a version Which I found on this site, which I will link below. While I can’t play it right now, I look forward to the day I can. I also wouldn’t mind learning a nice version of ‘Abide With Me’, the hymn, I’ve found some sheet music, but it will need transposing, and I can’t sight read just yet. So, I will work towards that as well as the tunes in 1-2-3. overall, I do not regret taking the plunge, very happy!
  2. Thank you kindly for linking this!
  3. The name rings a bell, but I'm not sure why; and I have been meaning to attend things in Lewes, this gives me more of an excuse, cheers!
  4. From the man himself! Well, I decided to purchase both, and start with 1-2-3 and then move onto ACHS, just to give me the gradual build up for learning. I'm pleased to be told that! I've not had the pleasure to meet John yet, but several of the band members and dancers for Brighton Morris come play at the session I play at, so the degree of separation is small. Would be great to meet him and bust out one of his arrangements as a 'tina hello! cheers !
  5. The prudent thing may be to buy both perhaps!
  6. Thank for the reply. I wouldn't say I was accomplished though! Just over eager.
  7. Greetings all, I am hoping to gain advice on which tutor book to purchase. I'm sure this has been enquired about multiple times before, but thought it was worth asking considering my specific experience and wants. For some background, I have wanted to learn the concertina since I was 17, (but opted for a electric guitar for my 18th birthday instead, I was a fool), and have now finally ordered a 30 button anglo. I have general music knowledge and experience playing folk music in an English session (on tin whistle) in Brighton where I live. I also finally learned to read music over the last year. My interest lies in English folk music and morris music, as well as in shanties, Finnish folk tunes, and in adapting other songs for the instrument. I've also done some research already, and as such I think learning the harmonic style will match my goals as a musician. I can play whistle, ukulele, guitar, as well as some harmonica, and very basic piano, so I think this puts me in good stead for learning a new instrument. Ideally I need a resource that will get chords, scales, and some tunes under my fingers, so i can look at the dots in my session's tunebook and pick up playing them with some ease, and also by ear - like i can with the whistle...not sight reading (yet), but able to pick them up easily after some practice without having to break it down to every part, bar, beat, sub-division. I am considering Gary Coover's books, as they have good reviews and recommendations, but do not know whether to buy 'Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style', or 'Easy Anglo 1-2-3: A Beginner's Guide to the Anglo Concertina', I worry the latter will prove too basic, but also that the former will prove too much too quick...When i have improved, I will surely buy his other books; I appreciate the songs being available on youtube, and when I listen to them, I think "that's what I want to sound like". Also, if there is an alternative available in the UK or as an e-book specifically for this style of playing, I'd be interested to know about it also. I found some PDFs of tutor books from the end of the 19th/ start of the 20th centuries ( 'Tutor for the Chromatic Anglo Concertina' by George Jones c.1946, and 'Howe's Eclectic School for the Concertina' by Elias Howe, c.1880) but I do not know if they will be worth looking at because of thier age and their seemingly steep learning curve (they may have been intended to be used in conjuction with formal lessons) Best wishes
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