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Patrick Brown

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  1. its all in the phrasing. also remember to look ahead of where you are in the piece
  2. The term Ceilidh is also used in Cape Breton. My impression of how the term was used, at least there, was to refer to a music session. There would be maybe a stepdance or two, but the focus is on the musicians.
  3. How about John Cage's " 4'33'' " ? I really think there should be more postmodern concertinist
  4. The other day I discovered that the Russian Nation Anthem fits beautifully on a 20 button anglo. I even got the harmony part in. Some of my fondest memories of concerts are where there is an inappropriate judgstiposition of music. Purple Haze on cello (that was by the cellist from Damien Rice for any other indie rock fans out there) and a contradance version of Nirvana. Good times!
  5. Actually, can't the type of heat raise concerns for the preservation of the concertina? I don't know for sure, but wouldn't wood-burning based heat result in ash and other type of particles in the air? Couldn't ash get into the concertina? Substances in the air should be of concern. Smoking, for example, coats everything in a room. ~Patrick
  6. An important thing to remember if you decide to humidify a room is that most damage to objects occurs from quick changes in relative humidity. Sudden, radical changes cause the wood to swell and contract. Gradual change is much less damaging. Because of this factor, when figuring out the RH to keep a room, it is better to choose a general range. Museums tend to stay between 45-55% RH.
  7. I think most people here would agree that, as with all objects, good care is key to keeping a concertina in its best condition. I am curious what y'all think is the best way to keep a concertina. There have been some posts about damage resulting from too low relative humidity (central heating in houses during the winter limits the amount of water in the air.) What should be done? Is it best to keep the concertina in a box or out in a room? Any tips for different environmental problems? ~Patrick
  8. but Mr. Tedrow sure can Being an Atlantan myself I can verify that most Atlantans either don't know or won't admit that Birmingham, AL is less than 150 miles away on I-20. At the speed Atlantans drive, getting there could take less time then getting anywhere within Atlanta at rush hour. ~Patrick ps glad to hear that there are some other concertinist in atlanta.
  9. Coming from a choral background I find that when learning a tune, I can only start playing the tune if I can sing it ~Patrick
  10. Sometime earlier on this forum it was said that 24, 26, and 28 button anglos were a good choice for learning rather than a 20 button, because of the chromatic possibilities and the cost. Are the accidentals on them pretty standardized? What notes are they? Also how common are they and are they actually cheaper than 30 button concertinas of similar quality? thanks Patrick
  11. So Cajun boxes are 1-row button accordions. And the most common box is in C. A one row button accordion in C would have a diatonic scale in C major, right? But the Cajun players play in G, on a C box. How? Does Cajun music not use the leading tone (F#)? Jeff H writes umm... how does this work? On a C box what can you play? In C, Am, G, Em, and F? Is it able to play just incomplete scales in those keys or are there accidentals? If there are accidentals, where are they? Are they among the rest of the notes, or are they on the buttons at the top or the bottom of the row? Patrick
  12. How available are 22-28 button anglos? Are they actually cheaper than 30 button anglos? Also are non C/G tunings available? It seems like a D/G anglo like this would be extremely handy for irish trad.
  13. Hi Ann, If your daughter is going to want to play French music, the concertina may not be the best choice. Most French music is the piano accordion or the button accordion. If she plays the piano already, the piano accordion would be pretty intuitive. The size (and the volume) of the instrument would be the problem in a dorm situation though. If though she might be interested in Irish folk music or another types of melody oriented music, the anglo would be great. Concertinas are the perfect size for dorm life. I live in a dorm and have no trouble playing without annoying others. It is small enough to have in the room without being a bother and portable enough to take with you if you want to play outside or with friends.
  14. I love "Evit Gabriel" (maybe its because I'm left-handed.) I think it was the first tune I learned out of the Portland Collection. "Trip to Sligo" is another tune thats pretty fun of the left hand.
  15. QUOTE (geoffwright @ Dec 11 2003, 12:52 PM) Have a look at thesession.com - the best place for Irish session tunes. It has abc, midi, a personal tunebook and lots more. What is the full URL for thesession.com? having difficulties finding it. the correct URL is www.thesession.org
  16. Thanks y'all for all the responses, they're exactly what I was looking for. Alan, what would a duet style on the anglo be? thanks Patrick
  17. I am curious about whether anyone has any thoughts about switching from one type of squeezebox to another. I remember reading that some players play different combinations of anglo, english, and duets and one or two players writing that they play both PAs and concertinas. Specifically, though, I am thinking about transitions between anglos and other bisonoric squeezeboxes. For example, does playing an anglo lend to being able to play a button accordion? or is the difference between them apples and oranges (ie anglo:button accordion as anglo:piano accordion?) Also, in regard to bandoneons, is there any similarity? Does anyone play both? thanks, Patrick
  18. So what is the plural form of concertina? Since it is an Italian word, shouldn't it be concertine?
  19. Right now on ebay there is a square bastari with 40 buttons. What is it? I did a search on square bastaris and found a reference to a square bastari that was a hayden duet? Is it a hayden? If so, the seller says that the buttons give a different note on the push and draw. Is it just severly out of tune? Can the reeds become so outo tune between the push and draw that they sound like different notes?
  20. Walking across campus yesterday I noticed a flyier posted by a tango singer, who was looking for a bassist, a cello player, and a bandoneon player to start the first tango orchestra in georgia. I thought that was really neat. Seeing that, though, brought up some questions I have. A bandoneon is a big, square concertina. Beyond that, I have no idea what is. I tried searching around on the internet about them, which didn't help much. From the information I got, I couldn't even tell if it's bisonoric or unisonoric. It sounded like the instrument is more chord oriented on the left hand, so is it like a duet? What makes them unique, besides their size and shape? Are they still made? Where? thanks Patrick
  21. From my choir days I remember my choir director talking about a theory about keys. Each key was associated with a different emotions. This was in regard to mardigals. D was the key of love.
  22. Quick question What exactly is a newsreader? Is it a program? How does one get to these conferences? well, I guess thats three questions. thanks Patrick
  23. This talk about B/C for melodeons brings up a question I've had about anglo concertinas. Having a row of C and B give a complete chromatic scale, right? Why then, is this setup not popular for anglos? I don't think I have seen any anglos setup this way. Why? Is it not good for anglo playing? ~Patrick
  24. Hello All, I have a few questions about the Stagi and Bastari concertinas. Currenting I am looking for a 30 key C/G anglo, but I am a poor college student, so squeezeboxes in the three figure range are a bit out of my league right now. So it seems my choices seem to be narrowed to the Italian concertinas. Am I right in thinking this? Do I have any other options? Also here are some other questions I have about Stagi and Bastari: 1) Is newer better? On ebay recently there have been some older Bastari for sale and also newer Stagis. Is there a difference? Should one assume that the older ones (or the newer ones for that matter) are out of tune? Ideally I'd like to use this instrument to play w/ others. 2) What fingering should I expect from a Stagi or Bastari? 3) Does Bob Tedrow still sell upgraded Stagi? I only find mention of the supped up Stagi on concertina.net, I couldn't find anything about them on Tedrow's website. thanks. Patrick
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