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  1. You might consider the Arran Concertina Event. For more information see: http://anglo-concertina.net/ace/index.htm Henk
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    Music Degree

    My congratulations to Anne and of course also to you Chris. BTW: the words "Musi Degree" sound very frivolous!
  3. Yes.. the webarchives are really amazing.
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    Tune Recognition Software

    Hi Alex and John At thesession.org you can search on fragments of ABC notation. See attached photo. I guess you have to be a member for this search facility. Good Luck
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    A New Maker? Seven Mount Concertinas

    My friend Jaqueline owns no. 12 and placed a sound sample on soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/jackyvanh/jack-talty-the-morning-st Sounds very nice!
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    Anglo Notation Comparison Chart

    Great work Gary! I was surprised to see my name in the list because I did not give my tablature much exposure in the public domain. I fully agree with your "embarassing gawdawful mess" and exactly that was the main reason for me to make my own tablature. I was inspired by the French Harmonica tablature which is more or less a standard in France and is used in The Netherlands as wel. I am very content with my own system because I can fully understand it Counting from your left pinky to your right pinky from 1 tot 10 feels (for me) very logical. It is for me a great help in finding the most optimal "fingering pattern" for each tune. Henk
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    Frank, In general I agree with your point(s) of view. However with some tunes you could play "dronish" with an Anglo and use the "series of hiccoughs" as a rhythmic support that sounds a bit hurdygurdy-like... (as Howard Jones states in his reply) Listen to this Flamish Folktune that I recorded on a C/G Anglo concertina a few years ago. The melody (in C) is played on the C-row (right hand), whilst the "drone" (a G) is played with th left hand on the accidental row (when pulling) or on the C row (when pushing). It is by the way a very good excercise for "decoupling" the left hand and right hand movements. P.S. I just read the comment of Howard Jones after posting my original message, so I made an extra remark (between brackets and bold)...
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    What we all look like - take 2

    Hi all, This picture was taken a few months ago. It's the group in which I participate by playing my concertina. It's sometimes a wonder how the sound of a fiddle, uileann pipes and concertina can melt together as if you hear only one instrument!
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    How to play The Musical Priest

    Hello Michael, I made it "simply by hand" but there is a program that produces the same type of tablature from a simple ABC source. The point is however the program does not make the same decissions as I do with respect to playing a certain note or a series of notes in the pull or push direction. The program (or is it an app nowadays?) can be found at: http://members.quicknet.nl/j.coolegem/Mefa.html Henk
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    How to play The Musical Priest

    Hi Gusten I've never played the Musical Priest before, but I have also a C/G with a Wheatstone lay-out and I gave it a try. I noted my finger-pattern in a simple tablature that (I hope) is understandable. I've attached the result as a GIF file. It is indeed a difficult tune and my tablature is a first approach. Have fun with it!
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    Sharon Shannon tune

    Try this
  12. From the thread on "playing by ear" I collected some interesting quotes that made me reflect on my Anglo, my Anglo-playing (and myself). As I write this contribution with my own situation as a starting point, it is good to know that I played (as a child) harmonica and later fiddle, mandolin and tin whistle. The last few years I am more or less "seriously" playing a 30b G/C Anglo with a Wheatstone keyboard lay-out. Now let's start with: With my harmonica experience I must say that playing in C on the C-row and G on the G-row was for me not a problem at all when I started playing the Anglo. When a (not too difficult) tune is played in C or G, I can easily pick up the tune and join. When people play in D or anything else than C or G, I am (stil) completely lost. So within restrictions (G/C) I find the Anglo very intuitive. Samantha confirms this in (a part of) the next quote and Jim adds his weight (as a heavyweight boxer) in the quote following Samantha's quote: Now as far as Samantha's perversity concerns: she is in good company! A whole bunch of Irish Anglo players prefer to play in D and to a lesser extend in A with a G/C Anglo. When I bought my Anglo in Ireland (Ennis), I was strongly advised to forget everyting I learned (one-row harmonica style playing). So in the shop I was introduced to the fingering pattern of the D-scale and it looked very strange to me. In comparison with the with the instruments I used to play, there was no logic in it for me. When you do not have the reference to other instruments, it might be easier. Chris Timson describes this in a nice way in the next quote. I can add that (as far as I observed) Anglo players of English Country music do not really prefer to use the G/C for tunes in D. They prefer the G/D and thus prefer playing in the "home keys". leaving more possibilities for chords. Finally there is Tina's quote: Tina is absolutely right about playing simple tunes in the keys that are not the "home keys" of your Anglo. I gave it a serious try but I still have problems with those "strange keys". So.. In order to instruct the memory that resides "in my fingers", I decided to visualize the fingering patterns in a simple way and play at the same time my concertina as the pattern appears on screen. This works so well for me that I went on and on. In this way I discovered my Anglo in a new way and even found out that (as far as I can see it) all major scales can be played! I took me some hours, but it was so great and exciting to do! And as this works very well for me, I would like to share it. Take in mind that for almost all the patterns shown below, there are alternatives! Let's start with the simple pattern of C on the C-row: And of course G on the G-row: This looks "normal", but there is already a small irregularity in the push-pull pattern (2 consecutive pulls). Now let's take the scale of D with the C-row as a starting point: note that my instrument has a Wheatstone lay-out! Well there goes the (visual) logic! The same goes for the scale of D starting from the G row: note that my instrument has a Wheatstone lay-out! Of course there are much more alternative finger-patterns for the D scale ... Let's go on with the key of A major: note that my instrument has a Wheatstone lay-out! Let's go on with E major: I was surprised that this key could also be played on my anglo! To my suprise, even B major can be played: Finally to demostrate the versatile (and at the same time confusing) character of the Anglo: G major all pulling! It's really a zig-zag so EC players will like it . G major almost all pushing: Well, it was quite a mail! Some final remarks: As I am not very well known with music theory, there may be some mistakes here and there . Looking at the screen and trying to play at the same time really works for me As I have recently acquired a G/C with Jeffries lay-out, I will do my best (when I have time) to make these animations as well. Now it's time to stop drawing and writing and to start playing!! Have fun!
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    Youtube Videos

    Great Playing Jody. I play the videos over and over and.... Thanks a lot for mailing them!
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    Concertina Nederland

    Just to inform you. Have a look at http://concertina.wetpaint.com/. Maybe e reason to learn the Dutch language
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    Getting the Notes

    Just have a look at http://www.looknohands.com/chordhouse/piano/!! You can play around and discover all kinds of modes and chords. have fun
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    Recorded Tune Link Page.

    Just to inform you about the last update of the Recorded Tunes Links Page. Richard plays two Irish tunes on his Linota in a relaxed way Mark Evans sings and plays "She moved through te Fair" in a superb way. I just realize that I missed some tunes (a.o. from Danny). I will include them in the next update.
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    Concertina Limericks

    Well although it's not my native language I give it a try: There once was a squeezer from Denmark He squeezed his cute anglo in the park But she said to him Oh come on dear Jim I'd like you to squeeze me in the dark
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    All About Accordeons

    I can fully confirm Marien's post. The thing I can add is that I played a Geuns-Wakker (built by Harry Geuns) with pleasure before I sold it some time ago. You can still have a look at the small website (pictures and soundfiles) that I used to promote the selling.
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    Do you have 46 seconds to spare?

    The tune is charming.. The sun is shining.. You look great!... ...so what is the problem with looking "crispée" ..or do you mean "crispy"
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    My First Concertina Show

    Nice playing, well done. You are a hero!!
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    trad français

    Marien Thanks for the links. I found two more in my favorites: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/diato-amateurs/tablates.htm http://diato.org/tablat.htm
  22. Dick, I just noticed that I (not living in England [same as UK??] and not playing EC) can fill in the poll. It's even worse anyone can click all the boxes. So.. how about the reliability of your poll
  23. We all missed you Dick Have a look at this post.
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    Arran And Concertina's

    For those who were not there... We (see photo below) had a great weekend on Arran. Good company, good food, good music, great place to stay, fair wheather. Read more at: http://www.anglo-concertina.net/ace/ see you next year??
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    Arran And Concertina's

    Together with my family I visited last (long) weekend the Isle of Arran for a special celebration. My son (he lives in Scotland) convinced us to choose Arran for this celebration because of the atmosphere, the beauty, etc. of this island. Looking back now I can confirm that he was more than right: it is in many respects a unique island and (at least from my point of view) I consider the people who live there as priviliged people. One of those people is C.Netter Samantha. I met her at the Scandinavian Squeeze In (last April) and of course we could arrange for a meeting to play concertina, admire Samantha's beautiful Bflat/F Jeffries, discuss tunes (Polska #19) and to hear about the plans that she launched last April about an Arran Squeeze In. She plans to organise it in the autumn of 2005. The plans are still alive and the focus is know on organising (building) a sleeping facility. Knowing Samantha, I am convinced that she will succeed and I am already looking forward to next autumn to meet concertina friends on this wonderful island. About Arran: Arran is situated in the west of Scotland and is well protected by the Kintyre peninsula (see maps below). The warm Gulfstream gives the island a mild climate, resulting in a wonderful vegetation-mix with even some mediterranean elements. The scenery offers everything that you can find in the rest of Scotland. Travelling: The low-fare carrier Ryan Air brought us from The Netherlands to Prestwick Airport for less than 60 EURO for a roundtrip. From Prestwick it is about 22km to Ardrossan where you take the ferry to Arran. From Brodwick to the Squeeze In location it is another 20km. An alternative is flying to Glasgow which is about 50 km. Public transport by bus can take you to Ardrossan and any place on Arran. Specialties: Arran is famous for its superb whiskey. I took a bottle with and can confirm this. There is a local beer with four different types. I like them very much (nice smell and aroma). There is excellent local cheese and last but not least the Arran chocolate beats everything that I have tasted (including famous Belgian chocolate). More on Arran can be found at websites like: http://www.visitarran.net/ To get an idea of how it can be in autumn, I included a photo that I made last saturday morning (November 20) from Dippin Lodge (where we stayed) looking south to the small island of Ailsa Craig. To conclude: Arran is a great place and I look forward to the next autumn. I will be there!