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  1. If I missed you there.... Sorry. I was having a big problem with my left ear being blocked (finally got better) and conversations were a challenge. Then, my friend and I left early because, all totalled, we had way too many challenges. Hope the attendees had a great time. I did get in a little bit of playing on Friday night. I don't expect to bother attending any more NESIs, though we enjoyed our long drive anyway and made some other stops here and there. One big challenge was that, though I chose the 'lodge' accommodation over 'cabin,' the only real difference I think may be that the lodge has electricity. But this difference meant little to us because the lodge rooms have two sets of bunk beds and unless you are extremely short (I'm short, but not enough) it's not possible to really sit on the bed upright. There's no chair in the room, there was a lounge with chairs upstairs (didn't see one downstairs) but my friend can't climb stairs like that. I sat upstairs for a while but the whole building kind of put me off so I slept sitting up in my van in the parking lot (about 1/4 mile or less up the road...too far for my friend to walk.....was not able to park where we stayed all the time). I didn't dare to stay on Saturday after only a little sleep, had to do the drive on what steam I had left. So I'll keep playing but I guess I ain't a NESI girl.
  2. Hi, Alex, didn't mean to be so slow to reply. Yes, the Bastari has rounded buttons (white buttons in the pic). The Geordie buttons are not extremely smaller but they seem solid and more.... pithy is the word that comes to mind.
  3. Hmm, I'll find out about that, whether or not I'd decide to do it. My Albion treble EC is an oldie, I think it was 2002 when I got it (number 108 I think?). The Geordie baritone is much newer... time flies and memory fails, don't have the papers in front of me but I guess it's about....5 years old (?). Number 1039. At this point, I never play for a long period of time anyway, so if my fingers are in pain I can always practice with the Bastari and then switch to the other buttons. I have some thin, natural silk glove liners and they help ease the impact on the fingers and aren't too bulky. It's a little annoying to wear them but it works!
  4. I like everything about my Morse concertinas, the English Albion treble 37-button (which I haven't played for a long time because I have to get a repair done) and the Geordie English 45 button, the baritone (the one I play, needs no repair). BUT....those Delrin buttons...hmm... I know they are probably the best choice for getting the best action, but I also have a Bastari 48 button English and an 18 button Stagi. I really like those cheaper plastic buttons because they are (apparently) hollow. They absorb the vibrations of hitting the notes more than the Delrin (solid?) ones do. I am one who has problems with very sore fingers at times, so maybe I notice this difference more. Of course, The Bastari is a much cheaper concertina, but I choose to play it sometimes because the buttons will take the vibrations and not my fingers. I guess if you want the very best action you'd go with the solid buttons but....glad I have both to choose from.
  5. I don't know if it's the best option, but I like to use Mod Podge decoupage as a glue. I like the Dishwasher Safe formula, and I think I once used it as a glue (instead of a surface coating) but diluted it with some water first. The other Mod Podge formulas are good, especially a dilution of the one intended for use on fabric (but on paper). Best applied with a small foam brush.
  6. I don't like much social media involvement. But I have a flickr photo site, and I joined 2 "groups" there: Concertina, Melodeon, and Accordion -- and The Art Of The Concertina. Of course, they are for photo sharing, though I see there is a link for discussions, too.
  7. Thinking of you all, kind of wish I were there too! Haven't been to NESI in a few years at least. Maybe the next one... Nice weather I think, this time. I am near Worcester MA but I think it's about the same weather today.
  8. Ha ha, I like that one! Steam punk Cheeseburger... Ha ha
  9. Caterpillar a.k.a. woolly bear. I have a photo I call 'Similarities in Nature' that is composed of my EC and a caterpillar. I don't think I can upload it right now, though I do have it at my website and here and there.
  10. Aha, yes... that clears up some of my question. Thanks. Thanks everyone for your answers! Edit added... Geoff, all of your reply is a very informative answer...but I just mean that that bit in particular was very helpful re my own questions while muddling through something. I made myself some 'crazy little charts' that at the moment I don't want to present or explain (will get to that someday), but they kind of have to do with playing intervals. Does involve patterns, in a way. As I go along, using my own charts, and trying to figure out what I want to say about them, I am coming up with all kinds of questions. Like the one which prompted this thread.
  11. I'm just curious about what other English concertina players do when it comes to playing in keys where your fingers could choose one of the two same-sounding notes, like C# or Db, G# or Ab, etc.. I was playing something in the key of C# this morning, a simple tune, and if I was 'correct' and strict about what note to play, I had to consciously be careful to choose a d# (d sharp) when I encountered that note. What my fingers naturally wanted to play was actually the eb (e flat). At least in this case. I know it doesn't really make a difference, as far as how it sounds. And I'm guessing that if I were playing something very classical or complex, I'd probably find it more normal to play 'correctly.' But, with a simple tune, I find that my fingers just want to balance the distribution of buttons between my left and my right hand. Any thoughts on this?
  12. I am no pro on this subject but I am reminded that Michael Turner's Waltz (The Sussex Waltz) is said to originate from Mozart: https://thesession.org/tunes/7077 It was the TOTM for May 2014 (tune of the month) here in that forum.
  13. Aww, thanks! I'll still bother with the ABC and I can share that. I just don't want to keep up the home recording. For me, it's more trouble than it's worth!
  14. Thanks. I first have to work out whatever I'm playing on just the concertina -- no foot bass. When I've played it so much I could probably play it in my sleep, then I add the foot bass. I love the foot bass now, but for a while there I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep it. Now I wouldn't want to part with it! I will keep playing, of course -- it's just recording that's difficult. My recordings have never been the best anyway, and now I should update my recorder and software and so on...or just forget it. Leaning towards the just-forget-it. More time to read my books!
  15. Raggedy Rompin' (at bandcamp) This may be the last one I bother to add...recording has gotten a bit difficult around here.
  16. Ha, love that! Yeah, this cat refuses to come inside unless he absolutely must (like when it's really too cold). Then if I try to just ignore him when he wants to go out, he won't quit meowing. I have made numerous outdoor shelters...anyone interested, I'll tell you about my best results, with that -- but the problem with the shelters is that they attract other animals. One winter, I housed a 'possum for a while! Animal Control said that onions will keep away the possums but I don't think the cat likes onions, either!
  17. Okay, here's the link to the audio at bandcamp: Paying No Mind This links to the ABC code (rtf file) Or better yet, here it is: X:2 T:Paying No Mind T:for English concertina & foot bass C:Wendy Stanford C:(Play chords above staves; chords below are extra info.) M:4/4 L:1/4 P:ABACADDBAE %%partsbox 1 K:G P:A "G"Gda'/>g'/=f'/>e'/|1d'G[d2b2d'2]:|2(d'G[db-d'-]"_Gadd9"[abd')]|] P:B "C""_C6"[c2-a2][c-g][c-a]|"_(M7)"[c-b][c-a][c2g2]|"F""_FM7"[=F2-e2-a2]"_(M9)"[F-e-g][Fea]|"_(b5)"[=Fb]ag"_F6add9"[de]| P:C |:"C"[G,2C2G2]cd|"_Cadd9"[D4G4C4d4]|[G,2C2G2]cd|1"_C6add9"[C4G4A4d4]:|2"_Cadd9"[C2-G2-d2-e2-][G,2C2G2d2e2]|] P:D "F""_F(b5)"[=f2-b2][f-a][f-b]|[f-d'][f-c'][f-b][fa]|[c2-=f2-b2][c-f-a][c-f-b]| [c-f-d'][c-f-c'][c-f-b][cfa]|:"C"[c2-a2][c-g][c-a]|[c2-e2-][G2c2e2]:| P:E "C""_C6"[c2-a2][c-g][c-a]|"_(M7)"[c-b][c-a][c2g2]|"F""_FM7"[=F2-e2-a2]"_(M9)"[F-e-g][Fea]| "_(b5)"[=F2b2]ag|"C"[C4-G4-e4-]|[C4G4e4]|] Hmm....I'm seeing red lines....don't know why.... I have this as a PDF too....same thing...so Here's the PDF So now I know more about using the P field in EasyABC....good! I'd say more about the tune right now but my eyes are slamming shut. Awake late because it's been so cold and the cat (kind of feral) keeps insisting on going outside and then I have to make sure he comes back in....so far, so good, but as soon as I close my eyes he'll meow....
  18. You could try putting: %%partsbox 1 in your ABC file at the top, and you will get the parts labels surrounded by a little box. I have found this very useful for spotting the parts amongst the chords. You could also change the size and font: %%partsfont Helvetica-Bold 16 but maybe that's a bit extreme... Ahh, nice! Thanks, I'll try that.
  19. Still not recorded...but, anyway, I'm going to make a few changes to it, and add the foot bass, etc., etc... (I see a spot I don't like and I'm not sure what I was thinking, then....paying no mind, I guess.. ) And I've come to the conclusion that what I (if not anyone else!) should do is, when first writing a tune, use the 'P' field and indicate parts in order to get a good midi. And I will probably add to my final copy a note, above or below the score, that indicates what parts there are. BUT -- I think that by the time I add chord symbols and whatever, when all is said and done, I'll be better off to use the 'other' type of scoring....excuse my terminology if it's vague or wrong....what I mean is that I'll use repeats, master repeats, Dal Segno, Coda, blah blah blah. For one thing, the little A, B, C, D part symbols get lost among any additional symbols for chords. So, for the convenience of memorizing, I prefer and will use the P field, but for making a sight-readable score I'll use the other.
  20. Well....it SOUNDS right....the actual size of the leap is not incorrect. As far as I know I've chosen the most sensible way to notate the tune without having to use notation for bass clef (in addition to the treble clef). Since my instrument is a Geordie baritone, I technically can't even play the high notes that I've used -- I can (technically speaking) play from the lowest bass clef line to one line above the top line of the treble clef -- here's the note chart from the Button Box site (must click on 'note chart' and see baritone). (I have the Albion treble EC, too, but tend to pick up the baritone more often.) Hmm...maybe I can shift the notation all down by one octave.... though, one reason I'm creating these tunes is to improve my ability to sightread higher notes and to use the whole range of the concertina buttons (...and I play a piano-accordion too so that's part of the mix). Something tells me I don't want to shift it all down....anyway, the size of the leaps would be the same. I want to record the actual playing of the tune but I want to add the foot bass as well....I've yet to try that. So I'll be back...
  21. Hi again all. Thanks for your input. The midi file generated by the EasyABC is what I wanted, and the visual notation looks okay to me, so unless I missed some other very clever trick that makes it even better (as in more concise, etc.), then I guess I've done it 'right.' I know it's such a short tune to be using all those indications for parts -- but I should mention that I prefer playing by ear and I don't like to try to really read much written music. I need it, to remember details at times, but I really just want to have the tune in my head. So, maybe it's odd to someone who is very experienced in using sheet music, and possibly even likes complicated written stuff...but I'm afraid that's not me!
  22. Okay here's what I just put at my bandcamp site, for this tune: Link to Paying No Mind tune so far (note -- free to play -- you don't have to buy it) I think I can put the ABC here -- which I did in fact create with EasyABC, not ABC2Win as I said -- sorry about that error: X:2 T:Paying No Mind C:Wendy Stanford M:4/4 L:1/4 P:ABACD K:G P:A Gda'/>g'/=f'/>e'/|1d'G[d2b2d'2]:|2(d'G[db-d'-][abd')]|] P:B [c2-a2][c-g][c-a]|[c-b][c-a][c2g2]|[=F2-e2-a2][F-e-g][Fea]|[=Fb]ag[de]| P:C |:[G,2C2G2]cd|[D4G4C4d4]|[G,2C2G2]cd|1[C4G4A4d4]:|2[C2-G2-d2-e2-][G,2C2G2d2e2]|] P:D |:Gda'/>g'/=f'/>e'/|d'G[d2b2d'2]:|[c2-a2][c-g][c-a]|[c-b][c-a][c2g2]| [=F2-e2-a2][F-e-g][Fea]|[=F2b2]ag|[C4-G4-e4-]|[C4G4e4]|] I'll make a recording when I can, playing my concertina and foot bass. I'm in a bit of a hurry at the moment...will come back...but anyway I've gone with using a 'D' part for now. This is a short tune, only 1 minute long as it is, but I still find it easier to remember it if I give it sections. Back later...
  23. Hi...thanks... I'll be back here soon I hope, to reply. I've just had a little trouble getting together the files I need for the example. Interruptions, etc..
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