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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Only two this week! One of the side benefits of Concertina Acquisition Syndrome is The Wife not noticing anything additional... G
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Shep's BBQ, 'nuff said. There will be some concertina book giveaways, plus opportunities for any one-on-ones. I'll be bringing my Wolverton Anglo, also EC and Jeffries Duet, and if all goes according to plan I'll spring my Lachenal contrabass out of storage. Old Pal is always a great place to share tunes and compare instruments, the Sacred Harp singing at the festival is an awesome sound to behold, and there are endless old-time sessions that crop up everywhere. It will be good to meet and hear Ann Kirrane and meet up with other players! Gary
  16. How about this bizarre hybrid from the Ozarks? By the time a friend told me about it, it was already sold, but hopefully it will resurface one of these days... Gary
  17. I would love to see a photo showing how the mics are attached - what type, model, attached to the handrest? Presumably run through a preamp? Thanks! Gary PS - Love the flames hiding the effects boards!
  18. Andrew Norman has just built a beautiful and wonderful-sounding English bass:
  19. Kindle will be coming soon! I decided to try leading with the paperback version first since it nets John a little higher royalty. Gary
  20. For those of us who think of music utilizing a piano keyboard, this is absolutely brilliant. Well-done, Master Luke! Gary
  21. Might I also suggest you make sure you're not clenching the left side tightly between thumb and little finger, but hold it loosely and try to relax your thumb as much as possible. An hour a day for five days is potentially a lot of stress. Maybe playing quieter will also lessen the force on the thumb. I had to temporarily give up EC due to arthritic pain in the farthest (distal) thumb joints on both sides, but have had no problems whatsoever with Anglo since the finger movements pretty much follow the natural curve of the fingers plus there's no pressure on the thumbs. Gary
  22. Although not fitted with any bowing valves, this Lachenal 48 EC has two oval slots in the fretwork in front of the thumbstrap on both sides. Anybody have any idea what the second smaller one would have been for? (And yes, I know someone is going to suggest they're for a stick shift and a clutch!) Of course, it could just be a fretwork design thing, and I found photos of a few others online with both loops, but it does seem a bit strange. Gary
  23. And here's a lovely version on Anglo, played by Gen Totani:
  24. Reviving this old thread to happily report that Phil Ham is indeed alive and well and still playing Anglo concertina at age 91. His playing back in the day influenced both John Watcham and John Kirkpatrick, among many others. The ICA has some early recordings of Phil's from 1976 on their website, Malcolm Clapp in Australia has recently uncovered the old practice tape of his Morris tunes, and just a couple of years ago Phil recorded 90-minutes of tunes for family and friends that includes Geordie songs, sea shanties, madrigals, Carolan tunes and of course a few Morris tunes. And yes, with all this good material to choose from, look for a book sometime next year of Phil's tunes and playing published by Rollston Press that will also include QR codes linking to his audio files. It will be a both a privilege and an honor to showcase his lifetime of contributions to harmonic-style Anglo! Gary
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