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About davidcorner

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    Chatty concertinist

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    Mainly Scottish music on English concertina & fiddle.<br />Also concertina arrangements ("Dancing with my baby", etc.)
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    Edinburgh, Scotland
  1. Dave Goulder wrote a song "Concertina Consciousness" in responce to Neil Wayne's slogan.
  2. This article on musical ornaments shows the difference. The Appoggiatura, as shown in the musical example, is not what is expected for traditional music. You should use an Acciaccat´╗┐ura - the one with the stroke. It might not be exactly as played in traditional music, but the tradition will guide you to the exact interpretation. Having said that, i've just looked up a couple of music books. One, for fiddle, has the stroke in the grace notes. The other, for bagpipes, doesn't, but they have a stylised set of grace notes anyway.
  3. Firstly, in terms of key, historically, pipes were tuned to the key of A. When the ban after the Jacobite Rebellion was lifted, the key was changed to Bb to play along with military bands. Pipe music is still written in A, but pipe books have no key - there's no choice! The actual pipe scale is A, but with flattened sevenths, i.e. G natural. When playing a pipe tune, I always play the low G natural, but I sometimes play the high G as sharp or natural, depending on the feel of the tune. Some tunes seem to need G#, but the pipes are constrained - they have to play G natural. In other tunes G natural is an essential part of the tune.
  4. Mornington Crescent! Congratulations for spotting the diagonal opened by the move to Edgware Road. It's not an easy one to find, so, Irish Mike, don't be ashamed of making the second last move. For a beginner, your previous moves were excellent, and I'm sure that with experience you will have a great future in this illustrious game!
  5. This is indeed a three pipe problem. For help, I'll head to Baker Street and pop into 221b for assistance. Perhaps Dr. Watson can prescribe some form of tonic.
  6. This is clearly a challenge. I have begun to commence an textural analytical study of the rules, and of all the known and unknown modifications both in this forum and in all other games played anywhere else in the world. I am using a neural network, and a rule generator that feeds the results to an ontological processor and an fairly standard inference engine. The processing has begin, and early results can be expected on 25th Jul 2097 at 11:15am Brisbane time. Be aware, this game is doomed to computerisation!! Meantime, I will be at LEYTONSTONE . Will the answer be 42? I'll do a red/green Central reversal to get to Greenford That should open some interesting diagonals.
  7. Very good! This rare and valuable submission enables me to exercise option 259 paragraph 3b as provided by the reference book, 33. edition, by expanding my move from Hampstead Heath to Tooting Bec in order to visit the London Sewing Machine Museum (with one last Snickers bar left). This move allows me to quote the headline long ago from a London local newspaper BARKING MAN WEDS TOOTING WOMAN and pop along to Barking I tnink I would be suspicious of any Korean restaurant here.
  8. The way is now open to head west, so I'll move to Shepherd's Bush With luck, the shepherd will have prepared a mutton pie!
  9. You can always tell a good move by the length of time members think about it before replying! Thanks, Stuart, that resolved the Circle/District ambiguity. However, it forces me further out, so I'll move to Hornchurch I'm feeling hungry, so I hope there's a Horn of Plenty there.
  10. Well, this has the potential of creating a time-out for at least three weeks, right? But with the throttle set up to eleven I reckon the train won't be able to stop at Tufnell Park as intented which enables me to leave at Archway for lunch (after having wrestled some unbalanced nightmare). I'll swerve off to Blackfriars then take a short walk to Fleet Street. I fancy one of Mrs. Lovett's meat pies. You can't miss Mrs. Lovett's pie shop, it's close to Mr. Sweeney Todd's barber shop. She always has interesting flavours. I wonder if she has "concertina player".
  11. The Edinburgh version, Morningside Crescent, is well known. Miss Jean Brodie was a great exponent. At the boulangerie at the rond-point end of the Rue General de Gaulle, Paimpol (50m from the railway station)... Roger Oh dear, we seem to have taken an international turn. I'll get a flight back to London City Airport and head for the Docklands Light Railway at West Silvertown although I don't expect anything satisfactory in the line of food.
  12. I'll venture south of the river to Balham Gateway to the South but I doubt if I'll find much available in the cafe. ...and is there honey still for tea? Honey's off, dear! in blessed memory of Peter Sellars
  13. The pause was caused by everyone consulting recipe books for elephant. It does take a long time to cook, but the crackling is excellent. At one time, bread was supplied by a baker's shop in Pudding Lane, but fire precautions were non-existant. Hence the Great Fire, and to remember it the Monument I don't know if there is still a baker's shop in the vicinity.
  14. I'll head for Knightsbridge and pop into Harrods for something a bit more upmarket in the Food Hall.
  15. I'm no expert, but I've heard Irish players do standard jigs, reels, etc. on mouth harmonica. You might ask around about how they do that, i.e., how they fit the tunes to the instrument. Iain Grant, a late friend of mine, was an expert at Scottish tunes on mouth organ. His favourite make, as I recall, was the Japanese Tombo. Some recordings of him are available here. As you can see from the photo, he had six mounted in a circle, making key changes easier. There are a few mouth organ players in Scotland still playing traditional music.
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