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Clive Thorne

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  1. I agree with this. Learn a new technique with a simple tune first. I play anglo, so there is the complication that you may need to alter the buttons & Push/pull to get the chords you're after, so it's not quite as simple as learning the melody in isolation, but the principle is still the same.
  2. You say "Rubato", I say "Rubato". Let's call the whole thing off.
  3. Now I'm really confused!! 😁😁
  4. Thank you for the groan. It makes it all worthwhile.
  5. And this one better for cutting edge music.
  6. Worth remembering that the beat frequency between two notes reflects the absolute frequency difference in Hz, whereas the Cent is proportional to the frequency. So what might be an acceptable Error, in cents, at low frequency, giving say a 2hz Beat, would give an 8 Hz beat two octaves up.
  7. Luke, I have only just come across this app. Really useful. Many thanks for your effort. Clive
  8. Several people offer on-line one to one lessons. I'm having some from John Kirkpartick, via zoom, and they work better that I thought they would.
  9. Is this a case of a tan coloured leather having been surface dyed black, and that dye, or the dyed layer, is wearing off?
  10. To respond to the above good points: I am an anglo player, so I suppose that is where I get the impression from. However there seem to be a lot of vintage Duet and English instruments in the market (hence lower prices), so it is understandable that makers concentrate on the Anglos which they can generally sell for more money for the same (or less) material and labour input. When I say golden age I really mean in the choice available. I am pretty sure that the total volume being produced world wide is well below that of the 1890s - 1920s. I'm sure that the same is true for most "Home Entertainment" instruments since the coming of the gramophone, radio, and television. During that perios there we perhaps 10 builders at most? (Crabbe Jeffries, Wheatstone, Lachenal, Rock Chidley, Shakespeare, nickolds, Jones etc), and it seems that there are far more that that available now, especially if Hybrids are included. (Obviously many of the hybrids share the same heritage, but they still offer a range of features, price and quality)
  11. Not necessarily in terms of popularity with players or the general public, but in terms of the number of builders and the range of available instruments and price ranges. It seems to me that there are more builders, and a wider range, out there than there ever have been.
  12. When I first started (on melodeon) I found myself breathing in synch with the bellows. If I ran out of air in the bellows I also stopped breathing - until instinct kicked in and saved the day.
  13. It also strikes me that, if fitted to an anglo it would be an "Easy" way of maintaining the bellows where you want them. i.e. if you're getting a bit compressed then holding the appropriate "Bowing" valve would allow the bellows to expand a bit more on the pull notes. Conversely holding the other valve would allow it to compress a bit more on the push notes. It would avoid having to "snatch" extra movement using the conventional air button. Not suggesting that this is ever what they were intended for.
  14. No not been there. Basing my comment on video and pictures. Retiring in 6 days time, so perhaps next year.
  15. In my experience it is easier to learn to play staccato and then relax it a bit when required, rather than learn legato and try to sharpen it up when required. (I found this out on melodeon rather than anglo, but it equally applies (IMHO) to anglo). Your mileage may vary. If you are playing legato on an anglo then are are still likely to be bellow reversals with a button change as well, so you'll lose the legato there anyway. If really wanting to go legato the best route would be to avoid below reversals as much as possible within the limits of the instrument - I think. For dance music at least, my preference is to play staccato. - gives a lot more punch to the sound. I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination so make of the above what you will. In the end there is no right or wrong, just preferences. Go for the technique/sound that works for you.
  16. To me the "Dull" one almost looks like aluminium, but I guess it's probably too old for that.
  17. Lifting your finger between a direction reversal on the same button will generally make your playing sound a lot crisper, and is something you should be doing irrespective of any strange noises. It may take a bit a work, but will soon become automatic, and is (IMHO) well worth it. Try playing a scale without lifting the finger for straight reversals, and then lifting the finger for every new note. You will notice the difference. Other people's opinions may vary.
  18. Strange sound? Some would say "What else would you expect from a concertina?"
  19. I was going to say that it sounds quite Morrisy. Even got a bar or two of "Slows"
  20. A YAG laser with the the right optics might get you down to a 1 thou /25u cut, but not a cheap process as it would need to be configured specifically for this type of work. As for the 1 thou end mill, do you buy them in packs of 1000 to account for breakages?
  21. As long as whatever you are plugging into has phantom power.
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