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  1. Hi Akumu27


    Your handedness (a word not used often enough in conversation in my opinion and I intend to change that state of affairs beginning with this post) doesn't matter at all. Personal sobriety may be a limiting factor in your project however. Consult a local mental health counselor or liquor dealer about which direction to take. If you got a C/G Morelli, "Morelli" being a chinese word for "self-destructing musical retribution on foreign devils", you'll be composing songs that work in C and G major and some spookier keys that include A minor or E minor. Get with your guitarist to hear these chords. Ask your guitarist to explain what a chord is. You can work up the melodies with your voice and play chords behind the lyrics. When it comes to heavy metal though, dissonance rules, so playing in key with each other really won't matter. What matters is that your body is ripped, you show some skin, and the chords coming from your Morelli sound awesome feeding back through a stack of Marshalls, which they should.


    Hope you knock 'em dead out there, or maim 'em at least.





  2. Hi, Margaret


    My C/G concertina has three rows of five buttons on each side. I describe the rows farthest from my palms as the "outer" rows; the ones closest as the "inner"; the ones between as the "middle." Does yours have the same layout? If it does, which buttons are you calling the 5th and 6th, and exactly what notes are being played on the push and pull of the buttons? If it doesn't have the same layout, describe the layout of your buttons and which buttons are the fifth and 6th.

  3. I have no idea how this is supposed to be played.

    Hi viejomc,


    In the beginning, you play the tunes with the instrument held in front of you and either standing or seated. After some experience you can play it held behind your back. The prone position is most difficult although some would argue that standing on your head while playing is equally difficult. :lol:


    You've made some nice sounding tunes. What devices did you use to record them?

  4. Hey mthatcher61


    All I'll add to Henrik's comments is that the tunes on the Craft Recording CD "Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra" are also numbered to correspond to each tune's position in a compilation containing some of O'Leary's repertoire published in 1994 by Lilliput, edited by Terry Moylan and titled, appropriately enough, "Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra". :) O'Leary played a button accordion. Your having both the CD and the book would give you both the sound and the dots right from the Cork and Kerry roots. The CD also has the sound of hard shoe dancing on a lot of the tracks. Excellent! The two Jackie Daly recordings Henrik cites have polkas played on concertina as well as accordion. B)

  5. Come on man, there is a difference between freedom of speach and freedom of derogatory humor.

    You have rights to both, but you suffer concequences.

    Hey m3838, you wrote that other people shouldn't make jokes in this thread, but then you write that.

    Doesn't seem fair.



    Many fine makes and makers of concertinas have been mentioned in this thread. Could I plead the case for Crabb to be included in that list?

    Would that be the list of concertinas unworthy of dpmccabe's talent? The list is pretty long but there might be room for one more.


    Which returns us to the point obvious to everybody by now that the CIA, former KGBs, and even BVDs are also manipulating the Jeffries concertina supply by placing them among dupes who will let them rot in their cases thereby fomenting discord and disaffection among gifted youth whom they then can manipulate for evil purposes. :ph34r:

  6. Hey dpmccabe


    A dedicated, skilled and engaging player, professional or not, can play any reliable instrument and knock the socks off the listeners. In fact, if I were up to it, I'd get more satisfaction from driving great music from a "workman's" instrument than from a pristine, ornate, gilded, blessed, extraspecial, divinely crafted, museum quality artifact because the music I'd be playing would be all about me, which is just the way I like it. B)


    A concertina player becomes a professional player by blending patience, focus, and dedication to a goal and that's the same process involved in paying for a prime concertina. Work during the first goal is more desirable because it involves satisfying an obsession, however benign, with music. The work toward achieving the second goal can feel like nothing but work, which just sucks for a lot of us but that's the way it is unless, of course, we don't let it get to us.

  7. Hey Larryo


    If weight is a critical consideration for you, this is from a 1999 review of a 30 button Morse Ceili in the Concertina FAQ:


    "Now for some first impressions. The first shock is the weight. There isn't any. It weighs just 915 grams. It is much the lightest concertina I have ever encountered. You could play this thing standing up for hours."


    Micheal O'Raghallaigh is the Morse agent in Ireland.

  8. Hey Master Chords


    From the Mongomery County Historical Society of Crawfordsville, Indiana USA, here's an image of an anglo concertina from the US Civil War era.



    A two row anglo looks like the way to go if this is accurate. It's usually the least costly way too. :lol:


    The star shaped object is a type of minnieball fired in clusters from cannons back then. Fearsome!

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