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Robin Tims

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About Robin Tims

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    English and Anglo system Concertinas, Diatonic Melodeon, Piano Accordion. Most traditional acoustic music from UK and Continent including Playford, Morris, and French dance.
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    Norfolk UK

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  1. Scheduled this year for November 15th, 16th and 17th November. Initial Tutor details appeared yesterday on melnet: http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,24102.0.html Very enjoyable event usually but a bit thin on Anglo tutors this year. Rob
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    Long time accordion player learning concertina

    Thanks Gary. Yes I do have your excellent Irish tunes book (along with '1-2-3' and 'Harmonic') but got hooked on the particular version of Parnell's that Bob Michel plays although there are not that many differences it's true. I do really like your button maps though, seriously useful in all your books. For ITM, knowing the notes is right and I have pretty much mastered that. The 'rainbows' are mainly an aide memoire as to choice where there are button options, the rest sort of crept in. Best Regards Rob PS Sorry Gary I find it was not your Irish tunes book where I found Parnell's March initially, so your kindly added new tab above is very helpful and interesting, thanks again. (BTW like you, I have a Wolverton Anglo C/G)
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    Long time accordion player learning concertina

    I can repeat almost exactly what TT has said there, except I started on a 30 button Anglo after many years playing English treble (which I still do). Having tried most of the main Anglo tutor books I found the Gary Coover tab very much the easiest to use, and was pleased find at Swaledale Squeeze that Jody Kruskal used it in his excellent workshops too. I never write tabs either but on new tunes use coloured highlighters to indicate merely push (green) and pull (pink) plus the odd bit of orange to emphasise an oddball note or 'unusual' accidental button. The colours are enough just to confirm button choices and readily overwritten when you feel a change is needed from your original choice. This came from some 25 years of playing and learning tunes on diatonic Melodeon. Attached is an example of what I mean (yes, I know Bob Michel adds a few chord fill-ins on YouTube but I am still experimenting with that). However, as I am mainly following an 'Irish' traditional route rather than a harmonic route I find Heather Greer's 'Concertina Diaries' the most useful, and her tab is equally logical and easy to follow, though not everyone agrees with her fingering (do they ever !). Best Wishes Rob Parnell’s March (R Anglo tab).pdf
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    DG Melodeon to GD Anglo?

    I can endorse the comments by Howard Jones. After 20 years for so on D/G melodeon I thought to add a G/D Anglo to my then novice attempts on C/G Anglo would be a big help. Although it was a super box my playing ability with it was quite a disappointment, and I soon abandoned that G/D Anglo (though in retrospect that was a bit hasty and I sometimes wish it was still around). It just adds to the confusion in the early stages and the difference is greater than you might imagine. (love the lower pitch though). After making progress of course it is a different matter and very handy to have a G/D for open sessions. Rob
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    Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne recordings at Wolverton concertinas

    Stunning stuff Jake and I can see why you admire Cohen, what a fabulously talented musician. The Concertinas don't sound half bad either !!! No small achievement, well done. Best Wishes Robin
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    Playing Position for Left Handed players

    Thanks Tim and Mike, I have passed on your comments too. There are some interesting views here on a TG4 programme but how many of the ladies are left handed is not mentioned: https://tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=6016581505001&teideal=Mn%C3%A1%20an%20Cheoil&series=Mn%C3%A1%20an%20Cheoil&dlft=5 (I have just posted this link on the Vids thread as well with a bit more info) 'best Rob
  7. Forgive me if this is old hat on here, I have only just discovered it on Melodeon.net but could not see it anywhere on here (only a quick look) https://tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=6016581505001&teideal=Mná%20an%20Cheoil&series=Mná%20an%20Cheoil&dlft=5 It lasts nearly 30 mins but is absolutely worth watching. However it will disappear from the TG4 player in, I think, another 5 days so be quick. The Gaelic language was lost me but you can get English sub-titles if you have the TG4 app I believe. Some people seem to have trouble in playing this, but seems to work ok for most. I am using a Mac with Safari and that is ok. There is also a good one re Melodeons which will be around a bit longer: https://tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=6025237725001&teideal=Mná%20an%20Cheoil&series=Mná%20an%20Cheoil&dlft=26 Enjoy, especially if you are into Irish music. Rob
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    Playing Position for Left Handed players

    Thank you gentlemen for your helpful comments which I have duly passed on. We shall see. Thanks and Best wishes Rob
  9. A Jeffries C/G Anglo playing friend is left handed. During a recent workshop in Ireland she was instructed to be sure and keep the left hand end firmly on her left knee, leaving the right hand free to operate without hindrance the bellows and air button. I guess this is what many of us do, but for her it is not instinctive and is slowing her previously good progress. What do others do please ? Any ideas ? Thanks. Rob
  10. I can certainly endorse the quality of Wolverton Anglos and I am very pleased indeed with mine (which is a C/G with Air Lever). When I purchased it 18 months ago delivery was only 8 weeks or so but not surprisingly demand has steadily built since then. Jake is an extremely responsive and helpful chap to deal with. Very nice, beautifully made, instruments and worth the wait. Good luck with your quest. Rob
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    iPad music score apps

    Yes, I can also absolutely recommend forScore from the AppStore which is brilliant, and very easy to use. We currently have at least 3 users (and growing) on iPads around here in Norfolk UK, two on 9 inch or so ones and one on the big new 12 inch job (which displays scores A4 size, superb, but sadly is not the one I have !) We can also quickly swop scores when wanted using Airdrop. You can readily fix via the forScore settings so that the screen does not turn off in mid-tune. I often add score file pdf's scanned and cropped with the TurboScan app, 'any old place any old time', with colours too if you want. Neither App is expensive I am mildly embarrassed to admit that we often use them in sessions ! Handy if your old memory is struggling a bit but rather 'infra dig' in some quarters. 'best Rob
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    New designs available at Wolverton concertinas

    Brilliant job Jake, that looks absolutely superb, and the sound samples are a delight to listen to. I am still totally happy with my 'Standard' one, now 15 months old, but the new 'Advanced one will forever be a temptation. Best Wishes Robin
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    Lachenal 32B C/g Metal-Ended Anglo For Sale

    This Anglo Concertina has now been sold (elsewhere). Rob
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    Lachenal 32B C/g Metal-Ended Anglo For Sale

    Ah well, lots of views but precious few enquiries, so hope to put it on eBay sometime over the weekend, probably for offers of £1800. It does play well, 'blew the dust' out just now ! Rob
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    Lachenal 32B C/g Metal-Ended Anglo For Sale

    I am not totally stuck on the asking price of £2000 if anyone feels like making a sensible offer before I revert to an online auction site. Rob