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  1. PMs are available in the profile of the member you wish to send to, on the LH side underneath the portrait, marked 'send me a message'. All the messages on the old forum are still there. Cheers. - I managed to figure it out
  2. Just getting used to the new forum layout. Has the private messaging facility been turfed? And does that mean that old messages on the old forum version are gone?
  3. How much via paypal please? would vary a bit depending on how long the classes are and how many an individual signs up for, but in my experience 50 minutes to an hour is optimal and that would be about 40 euro.
  4. Hi folks, this is a bit like waiting for a bus - nothing for ages and then three come along at once . I think it's a great idea though and people have been asking me about lessons, so here I am! I'm 20 years playing and teaching concertina, I've a few albums under my belt and I've done my fair share of teaching in Ireland and abroad. You can check out some of my music at www.slide.ie and http://www.myspace.com/slideie. I've also got a tunes tutor book out which I believe has been well received http://www.waltonsmusic.com/images/BUTTONACCORDION-CONCERTINA.gif So, if you have the appropriate technology - webcam, mic, and decent broadband - and you want some expert tuition, drop me a line at aoganlynch@gmail.com
  5. Hi Aogan What's the best way to hear more of your playing all through some tunes on a CD? Chance of a shameless plug! Emmm. I don't have a solo cd out, and no plans to make one, but you'll certainly hear me on the Slide albums. Slide is a band I've been in since 1999, we have four albums out now, three studio albums and a new live album this year -see slide.ie for links and info and stuff. Other than that, I've an album out with a fiddle player by the name of Michelle O Brien and a guitar player Gavin Ralston, which I'm pretty happy with. -I'll keep ye posted with any more
  6. Thanks for the compliments guys. The recording of the cd was pretty rushed, but it does the job I suppose. One thing I did put a lot of work into was the notation. I didn't just open a book of O'Neils tunes and play them as written. What I did was play them FIRST, and THEN I went back and listened to myself and wrote the tunes out exactly as I had played them. So, a fiddle player might pick up the book and wonder what the hell is wrong with the way the tune is written, but for a concertina player it should be a lot more helpful. No harm to turn the tables anyway, as most tunes notations are written out for fiddle playing and don't suit 'tina's at all.
  7. 38 key all the way imo. Cost difference is small, a 38 key will do everything a 30 key will but the reverse is not the case. When you're paying all that money and waiting all those years, I can't personally see a logic for not getting the extra keys.
  8. That's very sad to hear. Mario was a lovely fellow. A real gentleman. Beannacht De ar a anam
  9. Good question. I've got a 38 key concertina but of the extra notes, only a couple of them I find are any use, so 34 is probably a good compromise. The only extra buttons that I really couldn't do without are (a) an extra 1st finger button above the E'/D' on the top of the inside row on the left hand side. On the standard jeffries layout it's an F# on the push and a G# on the pull. ( an extra button on the inside of the inside row on the left hand side, sort of half way between the A/G and the C/B. Again, on the standard Jeffries (38 key) layout it's an E on the pull and and a D# I think on the push. I don't use the D# really but the E is very handy for chords. After that you're on your own to be honest with you cos the use I personally get out of the other 6 extra keys is all but negligible.
  10. Ah here. Give the guy a break. It seems he sold an honest instrument at a reasonable price. Ireland (I'm presuming, perhaps erroneously, that he's from there, if only from the "sean") may be a roaring celtic tiger and in the eu and everything but we still don't have a motorway that connects one city to the next and much of our "broad" band is little better or more reliable than 56k modem territory.
  11. Yeah, I broke both my wrists & a thumb in a few places off a motorbike 3 years ago. Concertina-ing was not an option that time . Thanks for the good wishes. I think I'll shelve the motorbiking for a while this time alright, though concertina is one of the handiest instruments to carry on a motorcycle!
  12. No idea. -Just checked your link there. We're on the saturday night concert and the sunday daytime according to the site - I play with Slide btw
  13. I crashed my motorbike last week and broke my left collarbone and fractured my left wrist. Yet I can still play the concertina.... That's not a boast, or a tribute to some massive pain threshold with which I am gifted. (I'm not). I was pretty surprised to realise that playing was not the torture session I presumed it would be. The wrist fracture is slight and it's below my little finger, so moving my little finger is a little bit sore, depending on the combination of notes, but perhaps more surprisingly, the collar bone break is relatively unaffected by the concertina playing action. I'm lucky it's the left side because when I'm playing I keep the left side of the concertina static, and my left arm tight into my body, in a similar position to the recommeded recovery position, and into which the standard sling places the arm anyway. Actually, apart from the shaker, I don't think there are many other instruments that could be played with a broken collarbone!
  14. Cool! -I'm playing at this. Come and say hi. It's my first time in California.
  15. Thanks Alan, we had a great time. Before going out, and before arriving there, I had no idea how big the festival was, and I must say I came away very impressed indeed. I wish Dublin Irl could organise something like it Nice to meet you there and the other forumers too, Randy, and Gray who gave me a go of his absolutely breath-taking D/A wheatstone. What a fabulous instrument, and a lovely key for a concertina too.
  16. What about the added weight? Is that not worth worrying about? Not in my opinion. I've never noticed a significant weight differential, and if there was the greater flexibility of the 38key layout would cancel it out. The Suttners are so well made and nicely weighted and balanced anyway it's certainly not an issue there.
  17. Well there's a definite bias toward Clare concertina teachers in the concertina side of things. Nothing wrong with that per se, it's a Clare festival, but it does affect the variety of styles you'll encounter. - You'll never see Niall Vallely or Micheál O Raghallaigh teaching in Miltown for example. I'd love to get a gig teaching there myself, it's gotta be the most desirable one on the calendar - accomodation in Miltown for the Willie week - sweet! I'm free next July too.... (does Mr Hill read this forum??)
  18. The 38 key is definitely a more versatile instrument. It couldn't not be. I've gotten used to one now and I would consider myself limited on a 30 key instrument -simply because I've become accustomed to utilising the extra notes and have amalgamated them into my everyday playing, so when they're taken away from me, it's a problem. Many people play 30 key Jeffries/Wheatstone's, but that's really more to do with the rarity of good Jeffries/Wheatstones IMO. If you come across a cracking Jeffries then you're not going to turn your nose up at it simply because it has "only" 30 keys, you'll grab it with both hands! But if you had a choice of a 30 key and a 38 key, I would see no reason for not choosing the 38 key instrument. It's especially surprising with regard to a Suttner however because of the relatively small additional cost involved in getting the extra keys. It's like ordering a brand new 80 grand BMW and penny pinching on the leather upholstery . If you're going to wait 5 years and pay 4 grand (or whatever) for a suttner, then I would always counsel upgrading the order to the 38key and pay the extra few quid. Even if you don't use the extra keys (and to be honest, you may well only use a couple of them) , it'll make it a more desirable instrument in terms of re-sale if nothing else, and you'll always have the options of exploring the extra keys as you learn. My 2 cents as they say.
  19. Gas to see Lorraine O Brien all grown up. Surprised to see her with a 30 key Suttner, and not a 38.
  20. I think you'd be crazy. You already have a pull D in the middle row, so why would you need another. The lachenals for some reason often have the layout you're suggesting and I'm not a fan. The low A is much handier, you can use it in A minor and A major tunes, in F chords, and in my opinion it beefs up a D chord much more effectively than a second D ever could. I am certanly not crazy you have misunderstood I want the D one octave lower than the existing d pull on the c row to give an ump to the d cord Bob Ah, sorry. I get you now. I thought you wanted a stereo D effect like with the normal A's and G's on the left hand side. Yeah a low low D would be cool alright, as long as you could (a) source a reed and ( get it to fit. Again, it's not something I'd do, I'd miss the low A too much both for both chords and melody. But, it's your concertina - knock yourself out.
  21. I think you'd be crazy. You already have a pull D in the middle row, so why would you need another. The lachenals for some reason often have the layout you're suggesting and I'm not a fan. The low A is much handier, you can use it in A minor and A major tunes, in F chords, and in my opinion it beefs up a D chord much more effectively than a second D ever could.
  22. Link above seems not working. here Thank you for lovely clip. -- Taka Oops! Sorry, I forgot to include the link Thanks Taka.
  23. Some nice music on here -click on the "web exclusive performance by..." (needs real player) Lovely polkas and slides, which you don't hear too often on the concertina, by Eoin and his (in)famous Dad, Seamus Begley. (I'm pretty sure Eoin plays an O'Connor concertina)
  24. As a matter of interest - This file I've uploaded - is there a way of attaching or uploading it to the site without it using up my allocation 4.39MB of attachment space? - Is there any sort of shared file resource or file dump or something on the site?
  25. What's the slide? Denis Murphy played quite a few D major is techinically quite a difficult key on the anglo concertina, particularly compared to G. If you're playing a C/G anglo then literally any combination and number of notes on the inside row on the push gives you a G chord of some description. You have to work it out a bit more for D. Also, the fast rythm of a a slide makes chording a bit more difficult than in other types of tunes. -Post up the tune itself anyway and we'll have a better idea of what you could do to it or with it
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