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Alan Day

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  1. https://youtu.be/aWc6GxTO-_Y David was actually spot on with his comments on my playing different versions of the tune each time ,but in this case it is intentional. Here is a slower version for Jake as promised. Al
  2. Thank you David for your comments . Certainly playing by ear gives you freedom that strictly to the written music does not give you. I used to play trumpet in a Glen Miller type band and could not play a note without the music in front of me. When I took up the concertina I realised that playing for Morris Dancing outside a pub ,possibly in a howling gale meant that playing to music would be a no go,so that is why I have always played by ear. Only twice on a special project ,playing Anglo to a Duet arrangement have I used sheet music ., but even then I memorised it after I learnt it. I am happy Jake to do a slow version of this tune and a guide where possible if that would help. I am flattered that you want to play it so do not hesitate to ask. Al
  3. Anglo International is a 3CD collection of players from around the World (Archives and New recordings). The aim of the collection was to demonstrate the versatility of the instrument. It has been much acclaimed and hopefully it reached it's objective. English International followed this one and sadly as Duet could not be released a huge compilation is available here as a free download ,with the help of Daniel and Wes Williams. I hope you enjoy it
  4. Because of the light weight and size of these concertinas they were referred to as Ladies Instruments . I had one of these to restore and tune years ago and I was very impressed with the sound . It was eventually sold to a lovely lady friend who followed the Broadwood Morris and was Director of a local brewery. So how could I resist not letting her buy it.
  5. Some old concertinas are fitted with comedy squeakers and whistles ,normally one on the push and one on the pull. Although these are interesting and amusing my preference has been to replace them with reeds. The sound quality is not as good as a dovetail fitted reed ,but the extra reed is far more useful than a rarely used comedy accessory. Is this your preference ? Al
  6. I think you will find that a number of players have switched reeds around to suit their style of playing. I am one of them and all my Anglo concertinas are the same layout ,so that I can pick up any of my concertinas and the finger pattern is the same. I have a CG ,GD and BpFC . Al
  7. From the past postings regarding this book a number of you have been having a go at the music and exercises it would be great to have some recordings to go with the music. Al
  8. Beginners in general have problems with pull notes and play them much longer than push notes. It is well worth trying to practice short sharp push and pull notes. Al
  9. Hallo Dirge are you OK.

    I still have your recordings how do you feel about them being used here on the Duet page with all the greats

    Best wishes 


  10. I would like to add my thanks to Doug for the very professional way he and his staff treated me during the sales of Anglo and English Internationals. I had nothing but praise from anyone who had dealings with your company and it is a great loss to the Concertina World that you have decided to move on to pastures new. Good luck Alan .
  11. Recordings by the South African player Nico Langeveldt have now been added to the Duet Recordings collection. Al
  12. I remember watching Dave Brady play . He played with the concertina strapped to his leg. He was an inspiration to anyone who has a disability. He certainly played with a strong style and his playing was much admired. Al
  13. The danceable bit I play is in there somewhere . Al
  14. Well Done Paul .That will mean that there is another part to it. Al
  15. This is my box it is leather and is an old vanity case. It is much admired and can take two concertinas either laying flat or on end. It had an over powering smell of perfume when I got it in an auction and the mirror I removed from the lid. These do become available and polish up like new. Al
  16. Good advice from Dick T . I think it depends on how far you want to go with the instrument,my third concertina was and still is a Jeffries CG Anglo that I thought was very expensive at the time.I traded in my Jones Anglo for the Jeffries at £125 which I worried about. I have never regretted taking the plunge and the reasons have already been mentioned ,but mainly I had reached the limitations of the instrument. I was playing faster than the instrument could play. There is however a long way you can go with a cheaper concertina my first being a Hohner CG that cost me ten pounds. I learnt a lot from playing that instrument and enjoyed a few seasons with the Broadwood Morris Men playing it ,but there comes a time and you know when you get there that an upgrade will assist you to proceed to the next level. A larger investment, but there are few players that regret making the step up .Those that do regret it are not committed to the instrument and that is for the player to decide. Al
  17. Running out of air is a usual problem on the Anglo. There are a few ways to get over this .Is it possible for you to play one or two chords on the pull ,that you are currently playing on the push. The other method is to introduce a grace note in the opposite direction so that you can drag air into the bellows. Play the tune quieter this reduces the amount of air you are using and enabled the listener to hear your voice. Al
  18. http://www.concertinas.org.uk/DuetAudio.htm More excellent recordings added to this comprehensive collection . It includes Irene Shettle singing to Ralphie accompaniment and the Iris Bishop collection. More recordings imminent. Al
  19. The strap tightening is an important factor with this subject. The ideal is that the straps should not be so tight you cannot reach the buttons, but tight enough that if you arch your hand it pushes the strap hard against the back of the hand, thus holding the concertina in position tightly. The other useful tip is that if you hold the concertina in the praying position (obviously with the hands apart to hold the concertina) it is usual the the corner of the concertina hexagon fits neatly into the ridge at the bottom of the hand almost digging in. Notice how tight the blind player is holding the concertina with the corners tight against the bottom of the hand. If the straps are too loose it would slip down to the wrist.
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