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  1. Strangely enough, this is a coincidence, I was really into Led Zeppelin when I was young in the 70s, and this morning I spent a bit of time writing out the ABC file for Stairway to Heaven. Now I know this song quite well! I know it well because I bought the LP and then for the car, I bought the cassette tape, and then I bought the CD, and then I was just about to buy the music to put onto my computer and I thought, ‘no way, sorry Jimmy, but I’ve paid out enough!’ 😂 So I tabbed it out into .abc ... from memory using the mandolin. EC would work well too. try: Mandolintab.net
  2. Here’s a vid from the 2017 Festival. And here’s the ‘appetiser’, I think they call it in Hollywood, for 2021
  3. Robert Burns’ girlfriend lived there... https://tunearch.org//wiki/Annotation:Coilsfield_House https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Burns
  4. Nice one Alex, I was just thinking of high doses of rhubarb crumble with orange sauce, and it’s oxalic acid content, definitely something to consider (delicious 😀) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalic_acid#Occurrence
  5. I’m guessing that UV light might work too, the type of devices that are used to whiten teeth. One problem might be if the buttons are stained with something dark, metals etc, something that doesn’t whiten with UV light. In that case you’d probably get more contrast in the shading.
  6. The main ingredient of household bleach is sodium hypochlorite. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach
  7. Here’s another for bellows practice, it’s also jig time but it’s sort of on the other side of a straight jig, more like a slip jig. The second and fifth eighth notes are missing which I find helps me to remember the distance between the first and the third and then the fourth and the sixth eighths. Hope this makes sense! (I did do a Strathspey setting too, which is REALLY authentic !)
  8. Ha,ha, while we’re on the subject, one of the things I really like about some Morris tunes is the way it can be played with hesitations, or silence at the beginning of each phrase or dance move and then there’s a great solid rhythm till the next hesitation. It reminds me of some medieval music where the emphasis is on word phrases of differing length and time, as though each phrase is it’s own tune.
  9. Some interesting ideas, thanks. I’m thinking of mandola and octave mandolin, there’s definitely a jump in thinking between playing a straight melody and then adding rhythm or singing. Learning solid simple bass line accompaniments can be valuable. For the English concertina, from what I’ve heard it’s the ability to sing, and throw in precisely timed melodic riffs that often reply to the main melody or play a third above, and then the occasional alternating bass to hold the structure together. A lot of it seems to be what you don’t play, and the silence between riffs. An arrangement in this case would be a balanced collage of the different techniques.
  10. Hi Rebecca, for the English concertina you’ll probably be looking at keys C D or G major and their relative minors, Am,Bm and Em. along with the melody plus bass lines -notes a guitar might use when accompanying in the same key. A very simple example could be playing four low C notes per measure while you play a melody in the key of C major. Here are some: http://www.rudemex.co.uk/library/RM_arrangements/01tunelib_RMarr.php notice that when a C major chord is playing in a measure the accompaniment is often C E or G notes ie. 135. Try learning the names of notes in each chord. Good Luck!
  11. https://www.ultimate-guitar.com or do a search for ‘guitar’ and ‘tab’. These sites will only sometimes give you notation but at least you’ll definitely have the lyrics and chords. Most sites let you transcribe the song to your favourite key too. Funnily enough there are a fair number of French sites that give you notation for well known English and US pop songs. Another great one is Musescore.com you have, I believe, a 15 US dollar per annum fee but the quality of user shared music (midi player) is very high. Again the music can be transcribed to your favourite key. Yet one more. It’s anything to do with ‘ukulele’ or ‘pdf’ as a search word. These guys are great! Lots of fun and popular songs often collated into pdfs. Almost every song is in the key of C major/A minor, so good for ear training and they give a good idea of songs that work for audiences, at least. Good luck!!
  12. Ha, ha it will probably be helpful. -and of course it will only say ‘4:30am M5 Gloucester Services’ if that’s where your phone and your concertina were together at 4:30 or if there’s someone there with the Tileapp app active on their phone. Actually, you could possibly get readings from the locator months later.
  13. Here’s another one for cats. Actually, I might build something like this. https://perfectight.store/products/cat-gps-tracker-locator-device-for-pets?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=bing&utm_campaign=Bing Shopping&msclkid=2dda3fe90b3d1e22906a5fc2b2c65190 Hmmmm. It would be easy just strip out the gps module, use a large, long-life wafer thin battery secretly glued under a veneer on the reed pan, a blue tooth arduino for added options and a large wattage battery in the base of a beautiful mahogany concertina box used as a charging unit -one which works when placed on it’s side. This would allow you to be aware of the location of your concertina 24 hours a day at ten minute intervals. Another much simpler option would be to fit the concertinas with tracking coils (that they have in shops), use a database, and have sensors and silent alarms at the doors of pubs, venues etc.
  14. Just concerning the Tileapp models, if you had the Slim fitted then the range would be 61 metres and the Pro model would be 122 metres. It will show you a map of the last recorded location (and time?) of your wayward concertina -and that location would presumably be about 80 metres down the road from the pub car park, riding in the vehicle of the laughing degenerate who had just swiped your beloved concertina. But all is not lost! You just match that to the close circuit TV (with time) from the pub and Bob’s your uncle! -Of course that makes assumptions about the thief... I guess another option would be an alarm in the concertina that goes off if the car keys in your pocket are more than a certain distance from it. Worst case scenario for that would be if you left your concertina on stage and the lavatories are 65 metres away!
  15. I’m a complete beginner for concertina, but I play the mandolin etc. Thinking about some of the other instruments, I’d say that the group ‘Intermediate’ is huge and the group ‘Advanced’ is very small indeed. That’s because many people become really good but only within their field. -there are great players who can’t read music very well, classical players who can't play by ear, other wonderful players who play a large amount of free tempo music, and on. One way to get an idea would be to check the tempo on YouTube of a lot of the vids, especially Irish tunes. Check also tunes with swing where the player occasionally flattens out to be more like straight 4/4 time because they are playing on their upper limit. -basically you play a YT vid of a tune you’ve never played before at maybe x0.75 tempo and see how it goes! To me, among many, many things, Advanced means someone who can play a tune that they hear the second time through, adding variations each time around because they immediately know the harmonic structure, and know how to fit in with the other musicians. The funny thing is that if this is all you can do, nothing else, then people in an Advanced class may think you’re Advanced. -maybe you are.
  16. Two different types of pickups for guitar, the standard Fender type ones that work when they are near a metal string (or anything metallic/ferrous material) that vibrates and then there are the microphone types. The microphone type which would probably be used for concertina might not work so well because it can pick up lots of other frequencies. I guess you could fit a 48 button concertina with 48 magnetic coil pickups each operated by the movement of each individual reed. It would be a cleaner sound in some ways though that’s a lot of wiring! And how to access the inner reeds, that’s another issue -and they’d all have to be individually adjustable. Though on a 20b it would be simpler and you could probably go really Alice Cooper on it. The advantage of this setup would be a lot more control of the final output, for example bellows pumping would greatly affect sound, and the concertina would play clean electric only when the bellows are being used, whereas I believe a midi operated concertina operates simply by pushing a button. Haven’t got a vid link but someone must have tried this already...
  17. I think a lot of it’s in the metronome. Once your timing is solid enough (from using a metronome for at least 75% of your practice session) then you’ll get the confidence to be able to come in exactly on time, like full on. It may also be psychological. The audience is expecting you to come in on time and when you do there’s a sort of collective energy that the audience believes comes from your concertina. When it works you can sometimes not even play notes and in a sense the audience will play the notes for you. Try this for a couple of weeks! here’s a metronome setting for 6/8 time with a slight swing to it. Good luck! [edit: actually maybe I shouldn’t say ‘slight swing to it’, more like a slight flattening getting on to 4/4 time to it]
  18. Got my mask too! -Problem is that I’m a bit demanding when it comes to timing and the mask makes me hesitate and stutter on some notes.
  19. It’s the English concertina app from AppCordions on iPhone, probably Androids too. It’s actually pretty good. I’m still looking for an English concertina to fix up so I’ve learned the English keyboard layout from this app. Difficult at first, lots of conscious effort because there’s only audio feedback on finger placement accuracy, but it will be easier once I get onto the real thing. A concave button may allow more nerve endings of the finger to be in contact with the button while at rest, maybe that’s a factor with getting a mental image and centering on the finger board?
  20. j -the smooth buttons on this concertina app. are helping me to think about spacings!
  21. Warning, no concertina content! But here’s the results from last summer using the Boya MM1 microphone on an iPhone 6 using a 5 metre (16 feet) extension lead. It costs about £30 plus the lead. The audio quality is better than iPhoneX internal mic, but it’s very position dependent (directional) and I use FilmicPro app £4? to be able to control gain. The microphone is in the leaves near my right foot (hence the slopping sounds from the foot tapping), the lead crosses above the stream to the left out of camera shot.
  22. Really nice, thanks. Very motivating! I like the way you’re playing B,c and d accompaniment with you’re ring finger almost hidden there. (c on the left, I guess) These baffles are a great idea, I guess being make from leather makes them more acceptable too -I have discussions with people about the acceptability of capos on long necked mandolin-family instruments. I’m wondering about sound that bounces off the baffle inside and comes out through the limited number of holes, did you try different internal materials? -and oooops! just saw the date on this thread...
  23. ‘As a prospective beginner, prices are important to know, why so secretive?’ -Excellent question Keith, lots of answers to that one, political, social, cultural, historic, commercial... The problem is though, that if you ask this in a thread belonging to one individual in the commercial section then it can get very partisan and confusing. The thing to do is ask the question as a thread in the General Concertina Discussion section where the different individual authorities on the subject may, or may not share information.
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