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John Adey

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  1. John Adey

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    George Fox, the major founding father of the Quakers, wrote that some words 'speak to thy condition'. That expression catches, for me, something of what I experience with certain traditional tunes from my native England and from many other different countries. The ones I am attracted to 'speak to [my] condition'. Currently, for instance, I'm working on a set comprising the Playford tune 'Bobbing Joe' followed by a Swedish tune, 'Slangpolska efter Juringius'. They are both in A minor and start with the same fifth interval but have differing rhythms; sufficiently similar but sufficiently different to fit together yet to have contrast. So, in answer to the original question, my view is put Scarborough Fair with whatever fits for you, no matter from where it originates.
  2. It might be worth asking is she's a member of WCCP, since she's from Wiltshire, or perhaps the ICA Theo?
  3. 'These prints had never been seen before and appeared in many towns, including Exmouth and Dawlish. No known animal could have made them, it seems. And yet, there they were. I wonder if the mystery is still talked about in Devon?' Not that I've heard of. Of course there are several examples from around the world of mysterious animal tracks appearing in snow, with feasible and rational explanations as to their origin. In Devon we also have more recent tales of giant cats being sighted on Dartmoor. We all love a mystery it seems. Good luck with the harmonising.
  4. It's music theory, specifically harmony theory. Those intervals are the ones that harmonise. Learning to play parallel scales, i.e. scales separated by the intervals you mention, in different keys is a great exercise for helping you find the notes that harmonise with a tune.
  5. John Adey

    Painting Discovered In Arles

    The 'artist' who made the fine instrument or the amateurish dauber who did the painting??
  6. John Adey

    Edeophone Ring Of Confidence

    Is this tale of Edeophones rolling off tables a myth, a theoretical possibility or a reality? I never had any problems when I had an Edeophone and I've never met anyone who knew of an actual occasion when it happened. Does anyone know of an Edeophone that really rolled?
  7. John Adey

    New To Concertinas

    In view of where you live it might be worth having a word with the folks listed under ' Nottingham and East Midlands Concertina Group' on the ICA website at: http://www.concertina.org/regional-groups-with-regular-meetings/ They can't be very far away and may know someone who can help with a loan or hiring. Good luck!
  8. John Adey

    Two Quicksteps On A Crane...

    Lovely. Brightened up my grey morning, especially the 'Market Rasen'. Many thanks.
  9. I suggest you contact the organisers of the Squeezeast event: http://www.squeezeast.org.uk/sq17.php Their annual event is held in Stamford and there may well be some locals involved. Good luck
  10. John Adey

    Ec Thumb Problems

    'I have a ganglion developing. My doctor's advice was to "whack it with a bible". So far I have not followed that advice! All medical students used to be taught this way of treating a ganglion, but, rather than having a theological basis, the advice originates from the fact that, for many folks, the only available book of a suitable size to provide the necessary weight to burst the ganglion would be the family bible. Not very subtle, but it provided temporary relief.
  11. John Adey

    Ec Thumb Problems

    A few years ago I had a similar problem with marked pain in the first two joints of my thumbs after playing for a short time. Fitting wrist straps cured the problem. The straps allow the lateral stress of bellows movement, especially on the draw, to be borne by the back of your hand rather than the joints of your thumbs.
  12. John Adey

    Concertina As Flight Luggage

    I advise checking the luggage regulations of the airline, including exact dimensions. I recently flew to Ireland from Bristol and was able to take my treble English in a small Pelican Storm case, this one: http://www.pelican.com/us/en/product/watertight-storm-hard-cases/small-case/standard/iM2075/ Aer Lingus allowed this exact size of case, presumably made that size to comply with such regulations, plus a small suitcase as cabin baggage. So I didn't have to risk my treble Edeophone EC in the hold.
  13. John Adey

    Addendum To The Wwi Series

    What a superb resource with excellent performances! Many thanks for these.
  14. John Adey

    Music Theory Texts...

    I found 'The AB Guide to Music Theory' by Eric Taylor very useful. It comes in two slim paperbacks published by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. http://shop.abrsm.org/shop/prod/Taylor-Eric-The-AB-Guide-to-Music-Theory-Part-I/598230