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  1. Revealing the Truth to strangers results in sudden violent Death, but I'll do that anyways.
    I'd guess it's fair to say you'll live to post again, m. :lol:


    Schetzophrenic left-right fingering of English system offers ease to read, lighting fast melody playing,
    Scherzophrenic, maybe. :lol:
  2. (it's like being in a city with straight streets, arrayed on a regular basis - it's simple to get somewhere, give you time to enjoy the view)


    What view?

    The people, the shops, the architecture, the street signs, the sidewalk plantings, the seething rabble of World Economic Forum protesters, the oncoming out-of-control natural gas delivery truck---that view, m.
  3. What I'm thinking of doing is practicing scales (the bagpipe scales) then matching the keys with my pipe music. Would this be a good way to learn?
    Yes, maybe, if I'm getting your drift.


    Since I have found all the keys on the left does that mean I can find the same combinations on the right also?
    50/50 odds, Bob.:lol: Consult your keyboard chart.


    And what about cords?
    They're in there somewhere.:lol: Power chords (chords (triads) without thirds) work well with pipe tunes.


    Hey, Bob, there's a little edit I threw in there to clarify something.

  4. Im asking that if I convert o matic my ABC pipe tunes will they be in the correct format for the concertina?:rolleyes:
    Bob, there is no concertina format on the note staff (stave) of sheet music.


    When you have a page of sheet music you play the notes on it that your instrument has and don't play the notes on it your instrument doesn't have, hopefully. :lol: If too many of the notes are unplayable because they're not in your instrument, then the music's out of your range and you'll need to figure out how to adapt it or move on to something else. When notes comprise a chord, you play the notes of the chord you can or play inversions and substitutions for the chord. There is music that's playable on your instruments and there's music that's unplayable as written but may be adaptable when your skill and understanding increase.


    A list of keys and modes has been posted that will be suitable within the range of your instruments. There is no concertina format. If you insist on trying to play pipe and fiddle tunes only from sheet music rather than playing the tunes as you hear them from someone skilled at playing them, you'll need to learn how to read and interpret sheet music as it relates to the notes available on your keyboard.



    Learning how to write in abc notation will help you to understand note values and keys also.



    Is there a way to save the slightly modified ABC (no ~ e.g., latest speed ) for next time i want to rehearse?
    If you save the Conver-a-matic midi file to your desktop as a QuickTime file, you can use QuickTime's A/V controls to regulate the speed of the tune without ever needing to modify the Q:field again, unless you want to play the tune slower than half-speed or faster than 3x the modified speed. Windows Media Player and other music-playing software may offer similar options. I'm using an iMac.
  5. Music composed in the following keys will be perfect "concertina music" for the G/D as long as there are no accidental notes in the music and the music is within the instrument's range:

    G Major, D Major, A Dorian, E Dorian, A Mixolydian, D Mixolydian, B Minor, Eminor.


    A 30-button C/G or G/D can tackle those and other common fiddle keys/modes with C major, F major, D Dorian, G Mixolydian and A minor being some of them however, understanding the relationship of scales to a concertina and its range in order to play from sheetmusic will be really tough sledding for anyone who hasn't devoted time to working slowly through the keyboard layout relating notes generated by its buttons to notes of scales on a staff, and explanations from bystanders would amount to their pushing the sled and its rider uphill while the rider is eating a box of chicken wings and slugging down a quart of brew.:lol:

  6. Hey Steve


    You've used up 3MB of space because you have still have onboard some images of a concertina case that you were selling in 2005.


    You can delete those files by clicking the edit button of your post in that thread, opening the menu "Manage Current Attachments" that's under the text box, clicking on the delete icon then removing the files. You can delete the duplicate in your current post the same way or you can delete them all by going to the "My Controls" part of your profile, clicking on "Manage Your Attachments" in the Options section of the menu then checking off and removing them.

  7. Here's a quick desecration of Bob's sound file to show him that a 30-button C/G Anglo can cover his range, but I think he should wait an additional nine months before he rents an English or an Anglo from The Button Box, just to be sure. :lol:



    What do you know? The response to this post proves a thousand kilobytes is worth a thousand words! Maybe. I've pulled the soundfile to spruce it up for the Grammy Nominations Committee, to provide enough bandwidth to support the discussion of the double bass in Irish session playing elsewhere on the site, and to prevent futile hurling. :lol:

  8. Hm, simply throwing in a K:treble worked for me:


    T:English Dance 
    C:Trad. arr. by John Renbourn 
    C:Tuning: DGDGBD, Capo 2 
    |:[B,4DB](B/2A/2) GF/2G/2 | [D,4A](A/2F/2) D(D/2E/2)|[D,4F](FE) 
    G(FG)|[DA](A/2c/2)|[G,4D4B](B/2A/2) GF/2G/2|[D,4A:|

    That solution is so astute yet simple, Boney, I guess it's just baffling to some of us. :lol:

  9. An International gathering: New England, Oregon, California, Massatchussets, Wales, Scottland, England, Australia, New Zealand.

    Nice try though. No need for interpretors and everybody know the songs. A bit one sided though as far as International goes. And it's quite Global, if to consider that by miracle Australia and New Zealand don't fall off the Earth on the other side.

    Not being as accommodating as Alan, I refuse to accept definitions of words in the English language by learners or speakers with weak grasps of the language and its nuances.


    The first definition of "international" is "between two or more nations". "Global" means "worldwide".

  10. I understand the idea, but it clearly didn't work. Unless you have close to 50% of players been of different culture, offering different approaches to EC playing, demonstrating ethnic divercity, it's not really International.

    The title of the cd is English International not English Global. An English, or even American :o , dictionary will clarify the difference.

  11. I agree with Dirge's conclusion, squeeze.


    If this is Lark Camp you're writing about, it's not a rip-off, it's a big musical whoop-dee-do with food to buy and bills to pay. It's not a necessity, it's a vacation in the Redwoods with some learning attached to it. As far as cost is concerned, you're already living in California where people endorse their state government's spending of more money than it gets in revenue and, after all, not the cheapest place to live in the world either. Can you realistically expect anything "cheap"? If you go to Lark Camp you'll be around more music than you apparently can imagine---music styles from around the world. The instructors have good credentials and wide ranging experience. If you're rugged enough to camp, it looks like you'll get plenty to eat three times a day, approximately $12.50 per meal per person. The rest of your time will be what you make of it.


    If you go there worrying about whether you'll be getting enough value for your money, you'll probably be miserable. Don't consider going if you're not accustomed to camping in damp conditions because it happens. Don't go there just to learn the basics of playing some instrument; you can do that a lot cheaper.


    Go there to experience how much fun playing music can be, to dance with strangers, and to mingle with a few people who are plenty weird.


    Otherwise, consider saving up for personal musical instruction. Better still, save up for travel to the Northeast Squeeze-In. If you're going to pay for dampness you might as well be surrounded by squeezers. Bring sweaters and rain gear. The Fall foliage is beautiful, the food's good too and there's a bar.

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