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About gcarrere

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  • Birthday 03/25/1955

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    Concertina music, all sort of music, writing (novels, poetry), painting, and, and and...
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    Champagne region and Côte d'Opale (Channel Coast), France

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  1. Wow! such a wonderfull tune, and wonderfully played! Surprinsingly your (beautiful) Crane duet tends to stay horizontal. Maybe it's possible with standard sized instruments: mine is bigger than that. Thanks, Little John!
  2. Such interesting experiences! I keep the idea of the little finger, acting like on english concertina. But perhaps difficult on a McCann, when you're used to use your four fingers all the time. But I'll try, perhaps for simple tunes.
  3. Hi Didie, did you finally try to play using that knee rest?
  4. Hello Didie! That's what I did in the past every time it was possible, and still do today, I mean playing standing up, left end of my concertina on left thigh, left foot on a stool. I was just wondering if it was possible to play duets with both ends free, as english concertina players do ... but it's true they have this finger plate that helps a lot keeping the instrument in horizontal position. I've tried to tighten my straps, but with no significant results, apart from hinder the movement of the fingers!
  5. Thanks Steve. I already have a Presonus Audiobox USB 96, that I received some days ago.
  6. Thanks RAc! I learned a lot following your link. So I think I'd rather not use phantom power, and the PSU will do the job. I don't want to spoil my precious microphones.
  7. Hi! I'm coming on this old topic... I'm trying to record some tunes on my concertina. I've been using Microvox mics for years in live playing, and very happily. Now for my recordings, I have a question : on my soundcard, do I have to switch on the phantom power ? Thanks!
  8. Thanks Geoff! I'll try this, and get you feedback soon!
  9. My McCann duet weighs 1,7kg. Not so heavy. But the straps are in a very eccentric position, I think, so when I hold it, it leans forwards.
  10. Hi! I am a (McCann) duet player, and when I see early videos of great duet players, playing standing up on stage, sometimes on very heavy 81 button instruments, I wonder how they managed to do so! When I try my fingers won't face the keyboard properly. Anybody has an idea?
  11. Hi Didie! Like Little John, I wonder if the problem would be the airtightness of the bellows and the valves,and quickness of response of the reeds, rather than the size of the bellows... Moreover a very long, flexible bellows must give a less "crisp" response of the reeds, as you experienced it. So I think 7 to 9 folds would be perhaps sufficient, even if you want (as I often do) to play slow, long phrases and full chords. Personnaly, I prefer to take into account the limitations of my instrument, breathing like an animal and having to catch often its breath, unlike an organ or a ree
  12. New tune, amaisingly played and arranged by Didie (soloduet), on his duet channel. Enjoy! Jacinto Chiclana (Astor Piazzola), played on duet concertina
  13. Thanks Mister D.! Same with yours, of course!
  14. So moving! Excellent duet part, and marvellous singing voice! Bravo and... thanks!
  15. Hi everyone! Thanks for listening to my recordings! Yes I did create once a concertina association, called "Association française pour le concertina" (AFC), but it no longer exists, and was dissolved more than 15 years ago. Members lived all over the country, and we met once, a few of us, in Saint-Chartier Folk Festival. About these recordings, they were done a long time ago by a professionnal. I wanted to give examples of my repertoire, as I intended to play it on stage, which eventually I never did! I am working at the moment other tunes, to be recorded on my webcam, and poste
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