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About Paul_Hardy

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  • Birthday 08/20/1953

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    English concertina. Computers. Walking/rambling/hiking.
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  1. Unfortunately, I'm then in Normandy for a village twinning event at a medieval weekend. I might take my concertina as a 'historical' instrument, though I agree it's stretching it a bit far to call it medieval (though that hasn't dissuaded some others). Happy squeezing anyway -see you next year.
  2. Paul_Hardy

    "Top Ten" session tunes?

    Chosing 10 is hard - as people have said the tunes being played at sessions varies with geography and moment in time. My Basic Tunebook has popular 60 session tunes, that would be a good core (although I'd like to hear suggestions of the form: We never play X, you should substitute Y). If I really had to name 10 that you could start anywhere and people would join in, I'd perhaps go for: Bear Dance Blackthorn Stick Davy Davy Knick Knack Egan’s Polka Galopede Harvest Home Horse’s Brawl Jimmy Allen Navvie on the Line Off to California The Oyster Girl Soldier’s Joy Speed the Plough Yes, I know that's 13, but I was never very good at arithmetic!
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    More dumb questions about modes...

    Ah, so an accidental discovery then - I didn't know I had found the missing videos. 😕 While I have a post open, and on the subject of modal tunes - We have already had a reference to the Rainbow Jigs, that were posted here by Pete Dunk in 2016. I was trying to play them recently and noticed a few minor problems with missing repeats etc, plus they were all notated in the abc as being in the key of G. Here is an amended abc, with each in its own mode: %abc %%abc-alias Rainbow Jigs Modal X:10 T:Rainbow Jigs (Modal) C:James Fitton, 2016 B:Tunes, Arrangements and Songs 2016 M:6/8 L:1/8 Z:Peter Dunk 2016. Amended Paul Hardy 2018. Q:3/8=100 K:GMaj T:One - Red Jig - G Ionian (G Major) |:"G"gfg "C"edc|"G"B2G G2"C"c/B/|"D"A2D D2d/c/|"G"B2G G2f| "Em"gfg "C"age|"G"ded BAG|"D"ABc def|"G"g2b g3:| |:"G"GFG ABc|"G"d2g g2 "Bm"f/g/|"D"a2d d2 b/a/|"G"d2g g2F| "Em"GFG "D"ABc|"G"d2g g2"Em"f/g/|"D"a2D DEF|"G"G2B G3:| % T:Two - Orange Jig - A Dorian K:ADor |:"Am"A2c E2A|"Am"agf "C"edc|"Am"A2c "Em"B2A|"G"GFG "C"EFG| "Am"A2B "D"A2G|"Em"EFG "C"EFG|"Am"c2c "G"B2B|"Am"AEG A3:| |:"Am"a3 "G"g3|"Am"cBA "Em"GFE|"Am"a3 "G"g3|"C"egf e3| "Am"a2c B2A|"G"g2B A2G|"C"e3 "D"d3|"G"BAG "Am"A3:| % T:Three - Yellow Jig - B Phrygian K:BPhr |:"Bm"B3F3|"D"DEF "C"GcA|"Bm"B3F3|"G"dcA "C"GFG| "Bm"BFF BdF|"Am"AEE edc|"Bm"B3 "Am"AAB|"C"cBA "Bm"B3:| |:"Bm"f3B3|"D"ffg "C"fed|"Bm"f3 Bfg|"Am"age "Bm"f3| "Em"gfe "D"fdd|"D"fed "Em"eBB|"D"f3 "Am"e3|"D"FGA "Bm"B3:| % T:Four - Green Jig - C Lydian K:CLyd |:"C"c2E "G"GFG|"Am"AGA "Bm"BAB|"C"c2c cde|"G"dcB "D"A2G| "C"eGe "Am"cBA|"Am"cEc "Em"EFG|"C"cEA "G"G3-|GED "C"C3:| |:"C"C2G GFG|"C"c2G GFG|"Am"C2G GFG|"C"E2D C3| "C"cEA G3-|"C"GEG GFG|"Am"cEA G3-|"C"GED C3:| % T:Five - Blue Jig - D Mixolydian K:DMix |:"D"D2A BAA|"C"cBA "G"GFG|"D"D2A BAA|"C"c2c "G"B2B| "D"D2d dcB|"Bm"AGA FGA|"G"BAB "Em"GFE|"D"D2D D3:| |:"D"d2A AGA|"C"cBA "G"GFG|"D"d2A AGA|"C"c2B "G"c2B| "D"A2D DEc|"C"G2C CEc|"G"BcA "C"GFE|"D"D2D D3:| % T:Six - Indigo Jig - E Aeolian (E Minor) K:Em |:"Em"EGB "D"AGF|"Em"G2E E3|"C"edB "G"BAG|"D"A3 "G"B3| "Em"eBd "G"BAG|"D"AGA "Em"GFE|"C" DEG "D"FED|"C"E2D "Em"E3:| |:"Em"eef "D"gfd|"C"e2d "Em"e3|"C"eef "Em"edc|"G"B3B3| "C"gfe c3|"Bm"fed B3|"D"AAB "Bm"GFD|"C"E2D "Em"E3:| % T:Seven - Purple Jig - F# Locrian K:F#Loc |:"F#"FGA "G"B2A|"Em"G2A "F#"F3|"D"FGA "C"G2F|"Bm"B3 "F#"B3| "Bm"fed AGF|"C"cBA GFE|"G"GAB "Em"G2E|"F#"F3F3:| |:"Bm"fed "G"B2A|"Em"B2G "D"F3|"Bm"fed "G"B2A|"Bm"B3B3| "F#"ABc def|"Em"GAB cde|"G"BAG "Em"F2E|"F#"F3F3:|
  4. Paul_Hardy

    More dumb questions about modes...

    Not this Paul Hardy - some other Paul?
  5. Paul_Hardy

    Editing interface problems

    Thanks - that would be great. It's working OK for me today, but was definitely broken when I tried before. Well it didn't work for me in my response to the post about Cambridge in October - you can still see the naked link texts. I'm using Chrome on Windows 10. I'll try again, just referring to my web site http://pghardy.net/ as a test. Ah, seems to be OK today. Thanks for you efforts in maintaining the forum site.
  6. When creating a post in the previous version, there was a toggle button top left which showed you the raw content with html-style markup controls, so one could sort out markup problems. Is there an equivalent in the new interface? If I click on the 'chain' icon to create a link, I get an error box saying "There was a problem loading this content". Previously, if one put in a URL (starting http) then it got converted automatically to a link. This doesn't seem to happen any more?
  7. Paul_Hardy

    Cambridge, England in October 2018

    Well, as the eponymous Paul Hardy of the tunebooks, I live about 6 miles from Cambridge! Unfortunately, I'm away in Italy and then at the WCCP concertina event in Somerset for much of the time you indicate, but I'd be happy to meet up one day or evening from the 16th on. There will be a Greenshoots session (http://greenshootsmusic.org.uk/) on 15 October at Melbourn which uses my tunebook tunes. I should be there assuming I get back from Somerset in time. Chiltinas (http://chiltinas.org.uk/) meets on Sunday 21st. Drop me an email (paul at paulhardy.net), and I'll let you know of any others nearer the time.
  8. I played cello as a child, and I tend to think of the bellows on my EC as if it was a bow. So I try (usually unconsciously) to change bellows direction at the end of each phrase (often 2 bars) to ensure I don't run out of air. Within a phrase, I may reverse to put a stress on a particular note, or as a way of playing a repeated note without moving my finger of the button. In general it's not something I consciously think about, and if I play a tune twice, I may well end up using the opposite direction, but will probably reverse at most of the same places. I don't practice reversals. I rarely use the whole bellows travel.
  9. Paul_Hardy

    Routine Maintenance

    The prices quoted there on Amazon are ridiculous. Best to get from the publisher at http://www.mally.com/details.asp?id=73, or from Dave himself at http://www.concertina-repair.org.uk/page11.html. I confirm it is a very useful resource though.
  10. Paul_Hardy

    First Video...

    Volume level is very low. I had to turn up my speakers a long way. Nicely played though.
  11. Paul_Hardy

    Lessons For A Novice.

    The Chiltinas (http://www.chiltinas.org.uk/) self-help concertina group meets just south of Bedford, and pulls in people from Herts and Bucks and as far west as Oxford. We have several Anglo players, including beginners. Unfortunately you've just missed this month's meeting - next is Sunday 11 March. Contacts are at http://www.chiltinas.org.uk/contact/. Or, with hindsight, are you the guy from Oxford who did come on Sunday, whose name I didn't catch? Regards
  12. Paul_Hardy

    Klingonian Galopede

    Straying further off topic, but in the interests of full education, the noun petard is French, and comes from the verb peter, meaning to fart. It's applied to small siege bombs, and also to simple mortars, and the name presumably relates to the noise that they made as they fired. However when they misfired, which was not uncommon, then they could wreak havoc on the people deploying them. Back nearer to topic, when sat next to a bass concertina being played, I've wondered whether the same word could be applied to some of their noises!
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    Klingonian Galopede

    Moving further off topic, I was delighted to see a sign saying "Recombobulation Area" in a US airport, describing the bit after security where people get their stuff together.
  14. Paul_Hardy

    Help Requested - 48 Ec Arrangement

    We were discussing this arrangement at Chiltinas yesterday. Jody, could you post an ABC or MusicXML version? I'd like to get the computer to play it to me while I try, and I'd also like to try it in Em rather than Dm.
  15. Paul_Hardy

    Klingonian Galopede

    Well played. I like the concept, but I've never associated Galopede/Gallopede with riding an animal. I've always assumed it was the tune to one of those dances where a couple gallop down the middle of a longways set. Indeed, Trad Tune Archive says "The title of the tune is really a generic term for a type of once extremely popular early 19th century country dance, the 'galop', also spelled gallopede, galopade or gallopade, which features a simple rhythm and a hop or change of step at the end of each phrase. At one point in the dance couples 'galop' up or down the center of the lines." That in no way invalidates your experiment! Returning to Major/Minor variants, we've played a minor key Speed the Plough sometimes. And then there are well known tunes like Princess Royal (Morris version) which is these days major but was originally a minor key O'Carolan tune.