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  1. Sounds like your new Anglo might use a little more air than most - sorry to hear that! I really try to make all the tunes suitable even for "leaky Lachenals" and other beginner instruments whenever possible by making sure there are not too many long stretches of push or pull, and sometimes deliberately changing directions sooner than I would normally do because I know some folks will need it. But yes, this tune will take more air than most, so you have a good challenge on your hands! On my Wolverton hybrid I can play this passage almost three times consecutively with no problem, so here are some things to consider. Like Mikefule said, beginners (including myself at the time) tend to push much harder than need be. I think it's a psychological thing, trying to force the tune out - doesn't work that way! Also, beginners are usually playing much slower because they are learning, so that compounds the issue. Suggestions for now: don't hold the longer notes at the bottom, tap all the bass notes lightly. If and/or when the time comes, you can hold things for longer. Or even leave out the #4 and #5 buttons altogether. If you can make it to that pull d at the end of the last measure, it is there specifically so you can grab some air while playing it. Good luck! Gary
  2. Makes me thirsty - За твоё здоровье!
  3. Coming soon! And hopefully out in time for his concertina workshops in September and October later this year. Needless to say, there are an amazing number of his Anglo concertina tunes to choose from, so just let me know if there are any personal favorites or must-haves that you would like to see in the book. Might even include a few songs, too. With dots and tablature, paperback and Kindle, and with the full blessing and support of Mr. Kirkpatrick, MBE. And yes, the book will include a 30-button version of his unbelievable arrangement of Johann Mattheson's "Gigue" that is featured on Anglo International (and Jump at the Sun). Gary
  4. I have to second the recommendation for the iPhone app Sheet Music Scanner. In my experience it's about 99% accurate, and super easy to export as XML and then import into Finale. And this is from just taking a picture of the original, works much better than other programs that import from my flatbed scanner. Very little touch-up required. Gary
  5. Whatever you get, make sure it has a very comfortable handle, or can have one fitted. Multiple instruments can get heavy quickly and a thin little handle will quickly hurt the very hands needed to play the instruments inside. If the case also has provision for backpack straps, even better! Gary
  6. Got it, thanks. I think my original intention was just to direct folks to concertina.com and let them prowl through the site to find the book pdfs in hopes they would explore some of the site's other great features and articles along the way. But in this instance it's probably better to go directly to the books. Gary
  7. Thanks, David! I've updated the original post with the direct links.
  8. I have to blame John Kirkpatrick and John Watcham ("Morris On", "Son of Morris On"), Alistair Anderson ("Concertina Workshop"), Mandy Murray ("Aleanna"), and Michael Hebbert ("The Rampin' Cat"). Being a keyboard player the idea of push-a-button-get-a-note makes a lot of sense, they stay in tune for decades, they can make a lot of noise for their compact size, and they're just quirky enough to make for a fascinating challenge. Gary
  9. By any chance did any or all of these play together at Hawkwood, and if so are there any recordings? That would be the most awesome rumbling sound ever! Gary
  10. Ni hao! Don't worry about the 40 buttons - it's the same as a 30-button but with extra buttons on the side, so any of the books for 30-button will work just fine. I went looking for concertinas a couple of years ago in Tieling, Beijing and Puyang, the music stores knew what it was but that was it and didn't know anywhere that sold them, or anyone that played one. I think the Yue Wei folks are maybe wholesale only, and will make them if you order a large number at once, but the quality is pretty cheap. Which is a pity, since I've seen some amazing high-quality luxury goods made in China, but maybe the high end concertina market isn't big enough to get their attention. One of my books has "The Moon Knows My Heart" in it - happy to send that song to you to get you started! Gary
  11. I'd never heard of "comb filtering" before, but now that you mention it I remember recording in a studio where the engineer did the crossed mic thing in front of the bellows and it resulted in an excellent sound. And it also minimized any clatter from the buttons and pads that would have occurred if the mics were closer to or facing each end. One nice advantage of having stationary mics is the ability to easily switch back and forth between different instruments, and it allows you to fade in and out and do doppler effects that are impossible with mics hardwired onto the instrument. Gary
  12. I just want to add this is a really good exercise for finding and using alternate notes on the Anglo when trying to play as smoothly as possible in both directions, and also due to wanting to play certain chords under the melody. The lack of a high d' on the pull is really frustrating, but not insurmountable! Gary
  13. Fancy a little Icelandic music? Especially one that should have won an Oscar? From the singing of Molly Sanden, Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell, but here in the Key of G instead of the concertina-unfriendly original key of F#. Let's just say the elves have provided this arrangement for 30-button Anglo concertina. The more air you can take in during measure 98, the longer you can hold the mythical "speorg note"! Gary Husavik-ANGLO-G.pdf
  14. Hey Martin, well it seems I've heard a slightly different melody and some different chords so have come up with a version that is not right or wrong but just different, and maybe it still doesn't answer your question about how to deal with too many notes/chords in the same direction! The good news is this piece lends itself well to variation, maybe throw in that Gm instead of A7 just for variety, etc. General advice for too many in a row that are push or pull (and I'm really struggling with that on part of "Namida no Regret" right now), is to use alternates whenever possible, shorter chord durations or chords with fewer notes, maybe even different chords, and sometimes no chord at all if a simple harmony or melody line will buy you time until you can get the air you need in the other direction. The hard part is finding ways to do this that don't wreck the phrasing. The next concertina books will be Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne's Anglo tutor, followed by a book of John Kirkpatrick's tunes, and then a paperback version of Dan Worrall's House Dance. And by the end of the year maybe even a book of Swiss and German tunes in conjunction with Akkordeonschule Aarau. Suggestions for future books are always welcome! Gary Waves-Roll-High-Dm-ANGLO.pdf
  15. Hey there Razorback (from Arkansas originally?), this is a good start but I think there might be some better workarounds - I'll give it a try and see if I can come up with something a little easier to play. Gary
  16. Not sure what happened to the pdf, but it's back now. Gary
  17. Hi Oskar, check out these folks: ConcertinaMusic.com – The chemnitzer concertina website since 1996. Featuring free sheet music, self-instruction materials, historic information, and technical essentials. (31) "Concertina 101" with Ted Lange & Mollie B - How a concertina works. - YouTube
  18. In the US, anything before 1924 is considered "public domain" and copyright-free. It's gets a little tricky after that, with the law changing about every 20 years or so. It's all about the money - performing (handled by various rights organizations) and the printing (often controlled by big music publishing houses). If they think you're making any money off it they want a piece of the action. Oftentimes those big publishing houses want waaaay too much upfront, that's why there are no Cyril Tawney songs in any of the Rollston Press shanty and sea song books. Pity, that. I had to pay $$$ to include "Over the Rainbow" in Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style, and they told me that also meant they owned my concertina arrangement of the tune since it was a "derivative work". I doubt they'll make many millions off it, but it's all about controlling what is done to the original work. Even if the original composer is long gone - that's what really sucks about "the business". To bring it back to the OP, I contacted John Connoly directly to get permission to include "Fiddlers' Green" in The Pocket Shantyman and Sailor Songs for Concertina and he was most gracious. Same for many other folkies who have written great tunes. It's all about the permission, which can sometimes be freely granted. I have no love whatsoever for the big music publishers but I'm more than happy to support individual artists! As to learning/copying other people's arrangements for your own enjoyment, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. It's a great way to learn and some might even consider it an honor. Always give credit where credit is due, but also try to eventually make your arrangement your own. Who knows, you might even come up with something new that's absolutely brilliant! Gary
  19. Shameless plug time - 75 Irish Session Tunes for Anglo Concertina is for the Wheatstone layout, and a follow-up with 75 more tunes is currently in the works with Ernestine Healy. Gary
  20. Hey Daniel, I'll check with the good folks at Akkordeonschule Aarau in Switzerland - they might be familiar with these instruments and also might be able to help facilitate getting some into our very curious hands! Gary
  21. Adobe's Typeka Regular font is really close on the other numbers, only lacking the flange on the 4. Gary
  22. Have you tried the "What the Font" iPhone app? It's usually pretty good about suggesting typefaces, just be sure to take a photo of a piece of text with something that might be fairly distinctive, like the letters g, a, etc. Gary
  23. Thread drift alert! - not Mike Harding, but fellow Northerner Bernard Wrigley singing about that powerful cough drop "Fisherman's Friend", with notes all the way down to that super low G.
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