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  1. You are using the correct fingering (as you would also use in similar tunes like the Gold Ring). It is only a matter of slow practise and will come with time - it is worth persevering with.

    It is also worth finding tunes that go down that end for practise, or transpose some tunes you know so you have to use low notes.

    Use of the pinky is also useful for playing bass runs (if you are into playing chords or harmony).

  2. It is worth the trip to get to the fortnightly meeting at the Royal Hotel at Dungworth nr Sheffield. Generally between eight and a dozen anglos, playing a fair bit of Irish and very welcoming and helpful to beginners (the group is half beginners and half decent players and we make sure everyone gets a chance to play).

  3. We went round and round the loop many times in the past regarding anglo tab and decided that anglo tab was not a good idea but some method of indicating which button to use is useful for people playing more than 20 key boxes where alternative buttons are available. This was intended only to be used sparingly.


    After a very intensive week with Noel Hill, the only things I needed to mark on the dots were ornaments, bellows direction where unusual and occasional fingering where not obvious. I also had to scribble a comment when less-used buttons in the corners of the box were used. This was the bit where tab might be useful, but if you don't know where the button is, that might be a good tune to practise so you remember where it is.

  4. What about my "Jeffries" with Crabb ends (inspected by Geoff Crabb as genuine), thin buttons, inset metal ends, a very dodgy name stamp but definite CJ inards?

    Dave P and Pete D are both familiar with it - Is that a fake as well?


    Noel Hill was intrigued by it last week and described it as a "hybrid".

    Admittedly more than one maker was involved, but I want to play it not look at it - it is the guts that make it a Jeffries, not the end-plates.


    (My caller is a pro-photographer so I must get him to do a close-up of the name stamp and get it on the net)

  5. If I was in the room with them, I might show them two or three different ways I might use to play a G scale - it is worth learning more than one and varying their useage.

    I read dots by singing them to myself and then play what I hear in my head. If you can do that, transposition becomes less of a problem. Granted, you do need to be able to read music first.

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