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  1. Actually measure 13, now fixed and re-uploaded in the first post. Thanks for spotting it - "fog of war" is my only excuse! Gary
  2. A little musical Aloha for those defending their country. Not saying the tab perfectly matches the dots (nicked off the internet), but hopefully it's close enough. For any and all concertina players in Ukraine, and elsewhere. Gary Ukraine-National-Anthem-C-ANGLO.pdf
  3. For the harmonic-style Anglo workshop, in addition to basic chord patterns we'll have fun working on "Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos", "Bobbing Joe", "You Are All I Have", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "Weeping Sad & Lonely", "Eleanor Plunkett", "Lumps of Plum Pudding", "I Wish I Was Single Again", and "Namida no Regret". For the sea shanty workshop: "Drunken Sailor", "Roll the Old Chariot Along", "Roll Alabama Roll", "Santiano", and "Leave Her Johnny". A very full slate to be sure, but attendees get the music with tablature in advance along with QR code links to concertina and/or original recordings in the same keys. Muscle memory takes a long time to develop, so I won't be teaching these from scratch to finish, more like tips and techniques. These are some of my favorite tunes to play, so hopefully others will enjoy learning and playing them too. Several can be played on a 20-button instrument, others use a lot of the buttons on the third row. Having said all that, if it turns out the group is mostly rank beginners we'll just take something simple like "Oh Susanna" and show how to work it up a million different ways - single-line melody, block chords, oompahs, octaves, key changes, etc. There's always plenty of time for one-on-ones, plus jam sessions at this 2-day festival, so there is no shortage of musical opportunities, including meeting other players and trying instruments by different makers. There are lots of old-time music sessions too, but I'm proud to say the concertina session a few years back outlasted them all until the night janitor politely informed us he would like to go home! Gary
  4. Thanks, Wes, the price lists are exactly the same except the one I have has a little pasted-on typed note on the Anglo page, in the same bluish-green color as the Bargain page, saying "All 20 &26 keyed Anglo Models are only obtainable direct from Lachenal & Co." Regarding the Jeffries Bros. price list, I find it odd that the 46-button Anglos and Duets are different prices (duet more expensive), but the 50-button Anglos and Duets are the same price. Not sure what the difference would be unless maybe they had to specially make new ends for the 46-button duet but used the same ends for both 50-button instruments? Surprising to see there are no 30-button Jeffries Anglos on this price list. And, except for the price of the 32-button Anglo being 7-0, what's with the matching pound/shilling prices on everything else: 8-8, 10-10, 12-12, 13-13, 16-16, 17-17, 18-18? One can only hope it is previously undiscovered evidence that the Bro's were into mystical kabbalistic numerology! Gary
  5. Here's the other side of the bass note splice.
  6. The button diagram in the book was originally drawn for an instrument in the home key of C - look for the C-E-G pattern on the second row on both sides - but then someone has added in the transposed notes for this instrument in Ab. Jeffries Duets are fully chromatic, but since the two rows in the middle are based on an exploded Anglo row played in a sawtooth manner, the key of those rows is by far and away the easiest to play in, so it is known as the "home key", with all the other notes sprinkled around the edges. Playing in other keys is possible, some are more theoretical than others, and some could result in permanent entanglement of the fingers! The current tuning on this one appears to be "Ab and a half" - old high Ab? Gary
  7. Here are some recent photos. There is an unusual splice in the left-hand reed pan to accommodate the deep bass note - they cut out the reed pan and attached a piece of wood underneath to get the depth. As for the home key, Ab is just an odd key - most are C or Bb, there a couple in G. And the feel when playing is more like a stately large duet and not nimble like my 50-button Jeffries Duet in C. The rows on this one are spaced really far apart - it's quite the reach to get to the upper far left bass note. Somebody went to a lot of trouble and made an 80-page handwritten booklet showing scales and chords in every key, but I don't think they played it much. The bellows look brand new, and the instrument is incredibly airtight. Gary
  8. And here's a scan of the Jeffries Bros. price list. For all you graphics nerds out there, Solotype calls the font "Huntsman". This Lachenal Edeophone Jeffries Duet is numbered 4764, 8.5" across the flats, home key of Ab, and to date is the only one known to have been made by Lachenal. In addition to a 4-page Lachenal price list (no date), the leather case also had a separately typed Lachenal bargain sheet - "instruments are slightly shop soiled only". Gary
  9. Here's an update - I bet my money (literally) on this Lachenal Edeophone being a Jeffries Duet and indeed it is, in pretty much original unrestored condition - an absolutely beautiful instrument, 8.5" across the flats, with mint-condition bellows. There's a bit of rust on the reeds, and the valves will definitely need replacing. And the "home key"? Ab!!! Gary
  10. Except for the three tunes from the historical tutors, the rest have musical notes only, no numbers or tab, just like the example. Gary
  11. There are some great players in the Bay Area, and they are having an event coming up in a few weeks that would be very worth your while to attend if possible. Perhaps Daniel Hersh or Luke Hillman here on cnet can help. Gary
  12. There are about 30 tunes with notation - 3 are from old tutors (Minasi, Hoselbarth, etc.) so will have the 1-10 numbering, but the other 27 or so tunes are like the example with notation only and no tab. It's mostly a history book, but does include a tutorial on playing in octaves. Gary
  13. No new material, but there are a few minor fixes here and there. Also, the book photos are only black and white. Big thanks to Alex Holden for hosting all the audio files and making them accessible via scannable QR codes! Gary
  14. Back in 2011, Dan Worrall published House Dance: Dance Music Played on the Anglo-German Concertina by Musicians of the House Dance Era on CD-ROM, with extensive research on historical old-style concertina playing in Ireland, England, Australia and South Africa, along with an amazing number of photographs and rare audio files. Although the CD-ROM format was a great idea at the time for packaging massive amounts of data, it never really caught on. Consequently, Rollston Press has re-issued House Dance in book form with QR-code links to all of the original audio files. Topics include nineteenth century social dance, global sources of the house dance repertoire, old-style octave playing on the concertina, the banning of house dances in twentieth century Ireland, biographies and playing styles of early concertina players on four continents, modern players in the old octave style, plus an extensive discography. Along with extensive historical information and a detailed analysis of the music and the concertina players who played schottisches, polkas, quadrilles, waltzes, barn dances, mazurkas and varsoviannas from Ireland, England, Australia and South Africa, the book includes QR code links to 172 archival recordings of 36 early concertina players. Also included is a nine-lesson tutorial on how to play the Anglo concertina in the historical house dance style. Available now on Amazon worldwide and through music retailers like Red Cow (UK). Gary
  15. He's also playing mirror image - you can flip it by replacing the letters "youtube" in the URL with "mirrortheimage". But keep in mind it flips everything, including the controls. Gary
  16. I've always wondered how one repairs a broken reed on these long plates, I see they added a new piece on top. Soldered? Waxed? I would think it would sound slightly different? Gary
  17. Only two this week! One of the side benefits of Concertina Acquisition Syndrome is The Wife not noticing anything additional... G
  18. Not too lofty for a certain JD player in Honolulu - this rarity gets to go to Hawaii! It will also be making the trip to Texas for the Old Palestine concertina weekend on March 25-26 if anyone wants to see it up close and play it. Excited too about that Jeffries price list, but I'm thinking maybe it should end up somewhere like the Horniman Museum? Gary
  19. Got it! I will bring it to the Old Palestine concertina weekend, and happy to answer any questions once I have it in hand. Smallest concertina ever? Maybe! Gary
  20. 100 percent certainty it is a Jeffries Duet - the chords in the homemade book are an exact match. With luck we'll know a lot more about it in the next few days. Gary
  21. This is astonishing on so many levels - it's a Jeffries Duet, the first known one by Lachenal, and a beautiful 12-sided Edeophone-style one at that. And also with the first known Jeffries price list! Chris Algar of Barleycorn Concertinas is right, everything turns up eventually. Thanks so much for spotting this. Checking bank account now for possible bid... Gary
  22. Perhaps this might help a little, but it will probably change a lot of what you are doing on the right. It's best to try to arrange with both hands at once since you might not have the harmony notes you need in the same direction, and that's especially true of keys like F. Attached is a C/G 30-button transcription of Luke's playing on a C/G 38-button Jeffries in the key of F, which he adapted from the wonderful playing of Adrian Brown who originally played it on a Bb/F Jeffries. Posted here with Luke's blessing (thanks, Luke!). The lack of a high D on the pull is one of the more frustrating things about the 30-button Anglo, so the workaround in measure 14 is a bit awkward but hopefully not that noticeable. I suppose you could put that nice Bb bass note on the first beat by playing the pull D on the right an octave lower on button #2. Either way is a compromise, with luck you'll discover something else that works even better. This is a difficult arrangement, beautifully played by Luke (and Adrian), and well worth learning! Gary Orange-in-Bloom-F-ANGLO.pdf
  23. Thanks for translating it into notes, Luke. Very unusual, with the two top rows being mirrored. The accidentals look a little awkward, though, maybe some tough reaches? Would love to hear what sort of music he plays on it! Gary
  24. In the Shameless Plug Department: 2/3 of Easy Anglo 1-2-3 works for 20-button, as well as all of Civil War Concertina and Sea Songs for 20-button Anglo Concertina. Same easy-to-learn notes and tablature in all three. Gary
  25. I don't think I've ever tried just learning the oom-pah by itself, for me it's always both hands all in at once no matter how slow at the start since that's the eventual subconscious/muscle memory you're trying to establish. Once you've got a passage reasonably sorted out, repeat it over and over for a full 5 minutes (use a timer, it's longer than you think). I recently did that for a tune's bridge section that is in D#/Eb and amazingly it developed the muscle memory pretty quickly - extra tricky since it required major accommodations since almost everything was on the pull. I suppose you could learn the melody first if you want - that would allow you the freedom to experiment with left hand accompaniments. But if you add the accompaniment later you will often find you need to change parts of the melody to alternate buttons depending on direction, and those alternate buttons might be on either side of the instrument and that could impact your choice of accompaniment. There are usually lots of good options, with a lot of the "wrong notes" left out since they are in the other direction. That's one of the joys of the Anglo - there are only a limited number of buttons available in the direction you want so you can experiment to your heart's content and hopefully discover some things you like, often by mistake! Gary
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