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  1. Hello Kathryn, Did you publish your pieces for the anglo? I'm very curious.
  2. Hello everybody, About a year ago, I started playing the English concertina. And I still enjoy it every day. I have even composed a collection of pieces entitled 11 'A' Pieces (A way to discover the English Concertina). Let's say 'my way' to discover the instrument. Why 'A' Pieces? Because in each piece the note A is held as a sustained note. A conscious limitation of the possibilities. But interesting for me as a composing concertina explorer. I am curious what you think of it. 11 'A' Pieces - Maarten Jense (2021).pdf11 'A' Pieces - Maarten Jense (2021).pdf11 'A' Pieces - Maarten Jense (2021).pdf11 'A' Pieces - Maarten Jense (2021).pdf11 'A' Pieces - Maarten Jense (2021).pdfGoodbye, Maarten
  3. My personal English Concertina evolution: from a joke gift via an eBay miscalculation and a plastic Chinese monster to a real vintage Lachenal Edeophone. (With thanks to my teacher Pauline de Snoo). Life is beautiful!
  4. Suppose I keep practicing on a cheap instrument for another year.... Can anyone say anything meaningful about this one? https://mcneelamusic.com/concertinas/new-the-sparrow-english-concertina-lead-time/
  5. Problem: I live in Holland. A country where the concertina is a rarity. As a professional clarinet player I know that there are great second hand instruments for my students. I always advise them to test such an instrument carefully and, in case of doubt, not to buy it. Look for another one. There are plenty of them. Unfortunately, this is not the case here for a concertina. This makes the purchase of a vintage instrument almost impossible. And a trip to the UK at the moment is not something you can do just as easily. Help! Does anyone have a great vintage instrument for sale for me? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  6. And this one? https://mcneelamusic.com/concertinas/new-the-sparrow-english-concertina-sold-out/ or http://www.concertinaconnection.com/jackie-jack.htm I think my instrument is a Bonetti: https://www.ebay.com/itm/333375025182
  7. And this one? https://mcneelamusic.com/concertinas/new-the-sparrow-english-concertina-sold-out/
  8. In any case, the 'thing' aroused my enthusiasm for the concertina. The next step, of course, will be a real buy. Tips, advice, interesting sites/links?That leaves no room for doubt.........
  9. Hello everybody, Does anyone recognise this instrument? And knows what type it is? Which company could have made it? There is nothing on it at all. No name, nothing. Thank you in advance, I am very curious. Maarten
  10. Yes, I am. I like un unresolved tritone from time to time ๐Ÿ™ƒ And now here in the Netherlands were going into a complete lockdown again until 19 january๐Ÿ˜– Lots of time to study the concertina........
  11. Hello Forum, Yes, I am a beginning (english) concertina student struggling with the lovely instrument. But I must confess, I am also a professional musician. Clarinet player, teacher, conductor and composer. I taught clarinet methodology lessons at the Fontys conservatoire in Tilburg (the Netherlands) for many years. So I am very interested in 'how to teach/learn to play an instrument'. Nevertheless I am a beginning (english) concertina student. That is why I would like to thank you all for your tips, links, good advice and so on. In the meantime I have contacted my compatriot ๐Ÿ˜‰Pauline de Snoo from the https://www.concertina.nl/nl/tutorseng.php I understand that many of you know her tutorial books. I am curious how she approaches this matter. Goodbye everybody, please keep me informed.
  12. Thanks everybody, for the good advise! I 'll struggle on, with a big smile on my face. Because I love it, playing the concertina.
  13. As a beginning player of the english concertina, I am currently busy with 'how to control the bellow'. When to pull and when to push, whether or not to pull far out, whether or not in fan form etc. I can't find any real educational material about this. Is it useful, for example, to indicate the pulling and pushing in the music, like a violinist inscribes his up and down strokes? I feel it is an essential part of the concertina study. Who can help me?
  14. One tone (A1) on my concertina sounds a bit hoarse. And does not respond directly to pressing the button. There seems to be a little bit of air escaping. Does anyone have a tip as to what I can do about this?
  15. One tone (A1) on my concertina sounds a bit hoarse. And does not respond directly to pressing the button. Does anyone have a tip as to what I can do about this?
  16. I did it! (Sweat on my back)๐Ÿ˜… The wrong tones are swapped. And it works! Now at least I can apply the good concertina fingering. And perfect my technique. Starting with Skip to My Lou or the Winster Gallop or another virtuoso piece. Thank you all for the good advice! Special thanks to Harry Geuns: http://bandoneon-maker.com/
  17. Thanks. A whole new world is opening up for me.
  18. I 'll look for a accordeon specialist. Thanks for all the good advice!
  19. Thanks RAc, Your enthusiasm absolutely inspires me to continue on the concertina road. And your dance video makes me long for cozy, crowded cafes again. Those were the "pre corona days". Music and dance groups are a bit harder to find here in the Netherlands. Unless it is Dutch folklore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVkrGJxdhuI
  20. The wrong notes are still on the wrong place..........
  21. Thanks for the expert comment. I will immerse myself in the traditional music forms that belong to my new instrument. Any good tips in terms of books etc. about this?
  22. I did it anyway ๐Ÿ˜… Since pictures often make more sense than words, I have added a few. The reeds seem to be screwed onto small wooden plates. A metal reed (right) and a 'thing next to it' (left). The wooden plate appears to be glued to the air drawer (is this the correct name?). Who can advise me what to do? Is this a common accordion construction? p.s. The instrument has been reassembled and still works fine. Also the swapped notes......๐Ÿ˜‰
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