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  1. It was interesting to see that Ella Mae O'Dwyer appeared to be playing the air button with the index finger of her right hand. I was also struck by the fact that it looked like she had some arthritis in her joints. I wonder if she had decreased range of motion in her right thumb, and that is why she was playing with her right index finger.......or was she self taught and she taught herself to play the air button that way?



  2. Has anyone on the forum used the following Score management systems?

    Forscoreapp for iPad or MusicReader?




    Has anyone used the Footime Page Turner from Bili Inc?



    There was a recent article in the New York Times about the Borromeo String Quartet and the use of these types of products.



    If you have used them, any pros or cons about their use?



  3. Seamonkey and Firefox both use Html5.0 rendering engines. HTML 5 does not support the frameset tag. It's been deprecated. So using them just causes both browsers to skip rendering those parts. Also, there's a DOCTYPE declaration error which is further confusing the browser. Use the W3C's validation page for more info and hints on how to fix....


    And now, back to our regularly scheduled thread.... :)


    Also doesn't work in either Chrome or Safari. :-(



  4. Has anyone else noticed that when composing a message you have all the usual tools that generate BB code (for bold and quotes and that sort of thing) but when you receive a message none of the BB code is interpreted, it just sits there being displayed in its square brackets. This makes the message more difficult to read rather than less.


    Bug? Or a configuration setting I've missed?





    Try it now... I think I fixed it...




    I'm going to try a few funny things: ;) :D B) Looks Great........



  5. Interesting because I would normally suggest to anyone that they go with whatever is comfortable for them. Having a point of the concertina end digging in your leg all night would not be recommended. So a flat surface of the concertina would be better. You hold your concertina very high and near your body, I thought first of all you were sitting in a very low chair so your knees are up high,or that you are very tall.




    Yes, you are right.......I was sitting in an unusually low chair (not comfortably) but because the laptop taking the picture was on a low table........what brought this all up was that I was trying to test posting a concertina video and was relatively "horrified" by how sloppy the technique looked. I've always looked at experienced players and just presumed that my technique looked like theirs and was surprised at how all over everywhere the ends of the instrument and the bellows were during my playing. I should probably try this in a normal chair where my feet are flat on the floor (I am 5 foot 2 and normally consider myself on the "short" side).



    Thank you for your comments.



  6. In this movie, it looks to me like there is too much play or looseness in the way that I am playing the concertina. The bellows seem to be at angles rather than straight on a lot of the time.

    The Lady's Pantelettes


    Typically, I place the concertina on my left thigh with the point of the hexagon on my thigh.

    I am wondering if my hand placement is incorrect.


    Here are the 3 ways that I could hold the concertina:

    Pictures of Hand Positions


    The most comfortable one for me is the one at about 140 degree angle. The one where the point of the hexagon is pointing towards the sky.


    If you have any thoughts, I would appreciate it if you would share them with me.




    Playing a Bflat/F Carroll Concertina #052.

  7. Thank you all for your comments.

    The thought of opening my eyes while playing, especially in front of people, introduces a whole new level of distraction........makes me think of trying to do high jumps over the bar when I was in high school. Seems particularly difficult and challenging. But I definitely will challenge myself with that :-)



  8. I have been playing the Anglo concertina now for 5 years. In the last 8 months I have finally learned how to learn a piece by ear. Before that I always had to read the music and play the piece over and over again and eventually I would have it memorized.


    I find that I am learning patterns of fingerings, little runs of notes that seem to exist in different tunes that I've learned.


    I close my eyes and I'm able to play a set of 3 reels that I learned by ear. I hear the music as though I'm not actually the person playing the notes. Yet I can vary my phrasing and alter the sound of what I am hearing.


    I am no longer struggling trying to find which button plays which note on the push or the pull.


    So, is this feeling that I have, when I close my eyes and play the concertina, and it sounds like music and I can't believe that I'm the one making the music.....is this feeling that I have what it feels like to be at one with the instrument? To be a musician?



  9. What has held me back was my lack of repertoire and because I am a physician, I have thought that if people who know me, see me, they'll wonder what the H I'm doing in need of money.

    Go for it and have fun, Yvonne. You can always put up a sign that says you are donating the $$ to a local charity. Then it's a win-win for you and an organization that needs the $$.

    You can also put up a sign that says you're a poor physician in need of money. ...

    Sure. Tell 'em that due to the economic downturn, there are too few people who can afford private health care, so private physicians are also suffering. ;)


    Or you could have a sign that says something like


    is the best medicine,

    but I also provide more traditional forms of treatment.



    Very cute.........Thank you.........



  10. I have given a lot of thought to buskering. I live in Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and there are tons of people walking the streets in the summer. What has held me back was my lack of repertoire and because I am a physician, I have thought that if people who know me, see me, they'll wonder what the H I'm doing in need of money. But, after reading your post, I think that if my impulse is to actually do it, I really should. I think it will give me confidence about playing in front of others and what a great time I might have talking about the concertina!


    Thank you for your post.



  11. Oh, I don't know about that humidity. Irish Arts 2009 had great weather for 5 of the 6 days I was there. Day temps in the 70s to low 80s (fahrenheit) and the evenings could be pleasantly chilly into the 40s. I camped by a rushing stream in the beautiful Catskill Mountains and attended dynamite sessions at night led by the Kane sisters, Blackie O'Connell, Edell Fox, Caitlin Nic Gabhann and many more. Yes, there were bleary eyed concertina classes as well, mornings and afternoons.


    (Are you eating your heart out yet, Yvonne?!)




    Yes, indeed........eating my heart out :-)


    The rushing stream sounds especially appealing! I was seriously considering the trip....just couldn't pull it together. But, maybe next year!



  12. This is my 4th year playing an Anglo. I play a lot faster now than I did last year, primarily due to having a much better concertina.


    What I enjoy doing is warming up for 20 to 30 minutes playing scales: C Scale, G Scale and D Scale. Maybe later I'll work on the A Scale.

    I play up and down the scales, first slowly and evenly with the same volume of sound. As my fingers warm up, then I try playing faster.


    Once I've warmed up, I find it much easier to play the tunes that I'm working on at a faster pace.



  13. I took Florence' class at Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp 2010. She is a wonderful teacher. This is the first time that I have actually learned some tunes by ear. She expanded my use of the C row on the right hand and I developed a better sense of how the rhythm of the piece creates its "swing". She taught ornaments and showed how even simple ornaments can produce a complex sound.


    All the instructors were fabulous this year. The sessions at night were not to be missed.


    I also took the pennywhisle class which I enjoyed immensely and it helped with learning tunes.



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