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  1. I was the only grizzled old cowboy entered, the other three contestants were blonde teenage girls. The winner of that division was the seventeen year old from Lima OH. Yes, Glee fans, there really is a Lima Oh. Actually, there is a Westerville OH as well, I work there, but they are no where near as close as the TV show make them out to be. Anyway, this young lady has been hitting a lot of these small singing competitions in Northwest Ohio, and supposedly doing quite well. It was the first time entering a singing competition for the other two young ladies who were both Hardin County residen
  2. I imagine you know two of the others. Old Paint was a common enough song that you have probably heard it. The Lament is commonly known outside of cowboy culture as The Streets of Laredo, The Cowboy's Lament, or TomSherman's Barroom. Bonnie Black Bess is an old Scottish tune that was popular with cowboys as it was a song about a highwayman's horse. Alan
  3. Yes, a concertina player, me, won a Western singing competition. I didn't realize that Gene Autry Days had added a music competition this year, but since my motto is "Have concertina, will travel" I worked up a medley of four traditional cowboy songs (Red River Valley, I Ride an Old Paint, The Lament, and Bonny Black Bess) and went to enter. They wanted a CD. I didn't have a CD, but talked them into letting me enter anyway. It comes time for the competition, and I get a look at my competition, three young ladies between the ages of twelve and seventeen. What chance does a fifty year old
  4. I know the local music shop we deal with expects some haggling, sometimes on price, sometimes on free accessories like a strap, picks or an extra set of strings. Alan
  5. Give it a day or two more, Perry. I was at a steam punk conference this weekend, and saw some interest in the concertina from some young folks and sent them this way. Maybe one of them might like it. Ala
  6. Rats! I already own a copy (though definitely not from the 1905 printing), and since it's not for duet, I don't need two. As do I, and I did find it useful when I started with my cheap twenty button. Alan
  7. I had to learn sight read the bass clef back when I was 12 as my voice had already changed, and I was definitely a bass, though I did do some sight reading of it a couplr years earlier on my ill fated piano lessons. Maybe trying to read a few voice lines for a bass would give you something simple to start with. Alan
  8. Let's go back to the original question. A print for the wall or a t-shirt would fall under fair use, go ahead. It would be the same as translating something of mine to share with your buddy in Russia. Cool. Alan
  9. Might be hard. This edition was published more than 50 years ago. I'm not ignoring the other conversation that has from this point on, just want to make a comment. Again assuming it wasn't done in house or as work for hire, if the artist is passed, there are still the possibility of heirs that might have rights. As an author and the spouse of an author, I expect my rights to be respected, and feel it important that the rights of others are respected as well. Alan
  10. I am sure that if you get a hold of the artist or his agent, some accomendation could be come to, if he retained the publication rights to the piece. I know enough cover artists to know that they sometimes do. On the other hand, if it was done in house, or as a work made for hire, then you would have to deal with the publisher. Definitely check the front piece of the book and look to see who the artist is and try to get ahold of them and ask. Alan
  11. You know Jody, I don't remember them smelling (or tasting) that bad. You cleaning them good before cooking them? Alan
  12. Not necessarily. To start with, is you g/d a twenty button or a thirty button? A thirty button will allow you to play in c with a draw on the third button on the right hand top row and the second and fifth buttons on the left. Alan
  13. I think Reed has given a fair piece of advice for any person looking to pick up the concertina. While I have never been to the Palestine advent, I have been to NESI, and most of the folks are friendly, and willing to explain their instrument and system to you and I imagine it would be the same there. Sometimes it is just better to actually experience something than just reading about it. Alan
  14. You know, that folk term has always puzzled me as well. When I was at university and got involved with the local folk music organization, there were far more professors, lawyers and civil servants involved than what I thought of as regular folks; farmers, factory workers, truck drivers and other working people. These professionals had a whole different outlook than did the blue collar folks I had grown up around. On the other hand, they seemed to like a lot of the same old songs that I did, or at least the english language ones, that folks would play on the week end after a hard weeks work.
  15. This reminds me of a conversation I had with a Cincinatti area music teacher some years ago. I was talking about several blues and folk performers that had learned their craft traditionally by ear in the communities they had grown up in. He pipes up saying, "but just think how much better they could have been if they had had a proper music education." I knew then we had little in common, as I had respect for both ways of learning music. The traditional music session has a long history that goes back to an era where few people were literate but most had a common knowledge of their local m
  16. It's not just Irish sessions that frown on tune books. I have never been to a bluegrass or old time session where they have been particularly welcome either. Folks are expected to have a good ear or know their music. Alan
  17. You've got to the 6th when the kings show up. Alan
  18. I don't read one word at a time, I read in sentences. Likewise, as a sight reader, I don't play notes, I play in phrases. I think it is an apt anology. Alan
  19. By any chance are you the fellow that had the tenor banjo restrung at the bluegrass shop yesterday? I know that he and his wife were headed to Florida when they left the shop. If so, I was the concertina player she watched play out on the porch. From the conversation we had, I think that I would recommend either a Jackie (English) or a Rochelle (Anglo) depending on the system she wants to learn. Anglo was the system I was playing. The Rochelle is a thirty button and costs slightly more than the twenty buttons she saw yesterday at the shop. Alan
  20. Yup, that's the way I learn tunes. I wish I could do it by ear, but sight reading is how I learn. The wife needs to hear the music, then sight reads it. To each their own. Alan
  21. Shas, have you a copy of Songs Of American Sailormen by Joanna C. Colcord from Oak Archives? Been meaning to mention this book to you for a while. Alan
  22. Several years back, Rich Morse and I had a conversation on CNC machines and concertina building. I asked when he was going to get one, as all the big guitar makers were all ready using them. He replied that the biggest hold up for him was the cost of the machines, but that he would like to have one. Alan
  23. you know, it is funny, last night I almost posted that you had highly recommended to me a few years back that I get a Bb/F as my next concertina. I am still thinking in that direction. Alan
  24. For the bellows repair, probably not, but for the handles it should not be a problem. And a good leatherworker could be very helpful in properly placing the necessary holes and hardware in a new set of handles. The old order Amishwoman that ran the harness shop outside of Plain City had a wide variety of thicknesses and softnesses for a wide variety of uses, and had agood eye as to where things needed to fit. Alan
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