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  1. I am a classically trained clarinetist and have always used sheet music. When I did my Royal School of Music exam at grade 8 level I did have to memorize a few peices for performance, but I was a lot younger and my memory seemed to a liitle sharper than it is now! It's funny, but I have found that I can memorize morris tunes and English style tunes far easier than Irish tunes...strange
  2. The pictures of the reeds and reed pans are posted. Any opinions on the state of them (they look ok to me...there may be a coulple of reeds missing though, i'm not sure if it is just the light reflecting or not). The bidding has risen quite a bit. What do you think?
  3. Anyone have any tips on how to commit tunes to memory. I can play many tunes when looking at the sheet music, but I seem to have a block when it comes to playing them without it! I'm sure most of you don't whip out the song book whilst playing at sessions.
  4. Hi Folks, Have you seen this http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...p;rd=1&rd=1 Looks nice...no activity yet though.
  5. I have asked for pictures of the insides and reeds. I guess we'll have to see if the seller can post some.
  6. So is this worth a bid? How much do you think it would cost to restore a box in that sort of state?
  7. Good Morning all, I am on the waiting list for a new Morse Ceili and February can't come fast enough...I wondering if anyone has any ideas on how I might make my Stagi a little more airtight to tide me over until then. I seem to spend more time playing the air button than the actual musical buttons! Also it appears that the leaky bellows are affecting my ability to play any quick ornamentation or maybe it's just that the response is slow! Anyway, thanks for any ideas
  8. What's the chance of the tour coming to Bermuda?!
  9. Why are you selling? It looks like a nice concertina.
  10. I think it just might be. I want to thank you.
  11. I beleive the Jig I'm looking for is the same one that John Williams plays at the beginning of his DVD tutor. I may try to email Noel and see if he can point me in the right direction.
  12. Anyone have an ABC file for Patsy Toohey's jig? I've been searching the web and appear to have come up blank!
  13. I find that playing the chords which are written in accompanied sheet music is difficult at first and becomes easier with practice...my problem is having a melody line and trying to decide which chords to use to formulate an accompaniment.
  14. Hey Folks, This may be a stupid question, but why are all the mid-range instruments made with accordian reeds? Is it just that there aren't many good concertina reed manufacturers out there or are they just much more expensive? It seems that the workmanship on mid range instruments is quite often as good as top line ones. Is it the reeds that make the top line ones so expensive and not just the time it takes to manufacture them?
  15. I have to agree, when first looking at tunes with chord accompaniments I was sure that I would be unable to coordinate the fingers on separate hands but after persevering I was surprised at my progress. Keep on trying it will come!
  16. There's no frustration with the answers received. I appreciate that you pay to learn and hope that someday I'll have the chance. Thanks for the responses.
  17. Is it just cross rowing or is there a lot more to it? I tend to try to play across the rows anyway and have done from the get go. I'm wondering if there is a major difference in the way Noel plays the basic scales as opposed to the way Mick Bramich demonstates in his book. Mick gives alternative scale paths using a mostly pull or a mostly push method. I'd love to attend the Noel Hill school, but I think I'll have to wait a while or hope he comes to Bermuda and doesn't mind teaching while on holiday!
  18. Can anyone elaborate on the Noel Hill fingering technique?
  19. Thanks - looks good even after all that hard playing
  20. I like the last post! I guess that just about sums it up!
  21. I like the way it sounds having heard the recording on the recorded links page. The reason I asked what it really looked like was because I have no chance of viewing concertinas other than my own Stagi here in Bermuda and although sound and response are the most important, the look is also important...I guess that is why there are so many options when buying a more expensive concertina. I know the Morse boxes are supposedly mid-range, but they are still expensive and when making the decision asthetics are to be considered!
  22. Not sure what you're looking for. If I were to take pics of my Morse, they'd look like the ones on the BB Web site, only not as good. Exactly, I'd like to see it warts and all. How do you find the Morse?
  23. Does anyone have any pictures of their Morse Ceili Anglos. I am interested in seeing what they actually look like.
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