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About hjcjones

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  • Birthday 07/15/1954

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    Traditional music and song, especially English.

    I play Anglo: a C/G Crabb 40 key, a Dipper D/G 31 key, and Lachenal F/C baritone. Besides concertina, I play melodeon, guitar, hammered dulcimer and recorder, and sing.

    I used to be in the ceilidh band "The Electropathics" and now play with Albireo
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    Cheshire, UK

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  1. I'd have thought a scammer would have used pictures of instruments in rather better condition in order to attract high bids. But perhaps that's a double-bluff. It certainly pays to be wary of sales on ebay, but there are genuine sellers out there, it's a shame we have to be so suspicious.
  2. As well as duties you also have to consider CITES if your instrument contains materials from protected species. Here is some guidance from the MU but it is for UK residents taking instruments out of the UK, you should check with the Italian authorities if this might be an issue. https://musiciansunion.org.uk/working-performing/working-overseas/travelling-with-a-musical-instrument/musical-instruments-made-of-rare-materials/musical-instrument-certificate-mic#exemptions Prior to Brexit the EU was treated as a single entity for CITES purposes and it didn't apply to cross-
  3. I played guitar and that led me to folk music. The first LP I got was a compilation album from the BBC's 'Folk on Friday' programme, which included the late Tony Rose accompanying himself on concertina. I liked the sound, and it seemed like a "proper" folk instrument. My local music shop had a bright red 20-button concertina in the window, and I saved my pocket money until I could afford the £5 it cost. I struggled with it at first and put it to one side, but was later inspired to pick it up again by Richard Plant, who I knew at university, and later by Colin Cater. Eventually I started to
  4. The answer partly depends on what problem you are trying to solve. If it's for solo work, or alongside one or two others where you can keep a distance between you and avoid too much of their sound spilling into your mics, then stand-mounted mics have many advantages. If you can, talk to sound engineers who are used to working with these instruments and find out what works best for your set-up. Of course if you're recording then leave microphone choice and placement to the sound engineer, and be assured you almost certainly couldn't afford what they will use. If like me you are p
  5. It depends what you think is the point of the anglo system. Surely because it can add natural bounce when played in certain way doesn't mean it should only be played that way? Playing legato suits some tunes better, and the anglo is also capable of playing those, just as it is possible to play English with lift and bounce. However, as you say, mixing both techniques opens up many possibilities, especially where it avoids disrupting the chords by forcing bellows changes at musically inappropriate points.
  6. I use Musescore for more complex harmonic pieces (mostly for transcribing guitar tablature) and being able to edit the score itself (or the tab) is so much easier than trying to bracket harmonies together in ABC and get everything ilined up corectly. However for the simple short unharmonised folk melodies which make up most of my repertoire I find it far quicker to use ABC than Musescore. The complexity the latter offers can get in the way when you're doing something simple. There are keyboard shortcuts, but I still find ABC simpler for that purpose. Horses for courses - ABC is brilliant a
  7. In my experience, not very well. Here's an example using Scan Score, which resulted in a complete failure. However a lot will depend on the quality of the original and the quality of the scan (this was taken on my phone). Perhaps if I'd taken more time to align it exactly right and fuss over image quality I might have got a better result. I got a much better result from a printed score, almost completely accurate although it missed the key and time signatures. I would then have to export this as XML and use other software to re-export it as ABC. The software is improving all
  8. Music scanners are improving all the time, but the ones I have tried have met with mixed success. Admittedly I have only tried those which are free or cheap! Usually the output requires at least some editing to correct errors. For simple folk tunes I find it is usually quicker simply to transcribe it into ABC myself. For more complex music ABC probably isn't the best solution anyway.
  9. I've tried this in ABC Explorer, EasyABC and Mandolintab.net's ABC converter. Only ABC Explorer doesn't display the tie as a slur. So depending on what software the original transcriber was using maybe it displayed correctly for them. All three played it back without difficulty, although the notes aren't played slurred but I suspect this is beyong the capability of the simple midi player. You will come across a lot of errors in ABC. Besides the tie/slur confusion, a common error is failing to understand modal key signatures. I'm sure my own ABC could be found lacking
  10. Probably just a mistake by someone who doesn't know or care about the difference between a tie and a slur. The output when it's converted to notation is the same, two notes connected by a curved line, so it's then up the to the musician to interpret how to play them. It's slightly quicker to type than putting them in brackets (and in my case avoids the delay of having to look up which sort of bracket to use). Many users of ABC, myself included, are a bit hazy on the finer points of music theory.
  11. Copyright can exist in both the piece itself and separately in an arrangement. Simply fitting chords to a melody usually isn't sufficient to be an "arrangement", it has to be more complex than that. If you're just playing for your own pleasure then copyright is absolutely nothing to worry about. Even if you were to perform in public copyright is then handled by the venue, which has to pay a licence fee to a music rights organisation (in the UK this is the Performing Rights Society). The performer might be asked to provide details of the pieces played, but you don't need to ask
  12. There's a discography on his website, although it doesn't say which instruments he uses on which tracks. If you want evidence that he plays bass concertina, here's one of his album covers: https://www.mikeharding.co.uk/recordings/mike-hardings-back/ There's also this:
  13. They all have published songbooks which you should be able to get from most music shops, or online. They won't be arranged for concertina of course, but should give you the melody and chords.
  14. Say you have a long phrase coming up which will be played all on the push, and the phrase before is on the pull but isn't long enough to give you sufficient air tp get through that long push, so you run out of bellows. By using the air button while you play the pull chord you can exteni the bellows further than playing the notes alone would allow, and that gives you sufficient air to play the push chords. When you're working on a tune you need to think about not only the actual chord sequences but which bellows direction is best to manage the air, and this includes when and how t
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