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About Paul_Hardy

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 08/20/1953

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    English concertina. Computers. Walking/rambling/hiking.
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    Cambridge, UK

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  1. I second that. My favourite round-the-house concertina these days is my George Case brass-reeded English (http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/case_2760/case_2760.html). It sits out on my desk (with bellows closed, of course!), to pick up and play at any time I pass. It took over from my previous house favourite, a Wheatstone brass-reeded tutor (http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/wheatstone_8461/wheatstone.html). I wouldn't play either of them in a group with other instruments, or outdoors, but they are great indoors solo instruments.
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    ABC collection for 20-button concertinas

    My Basic Tunebook has nearly 60 common tunes, and the Session Tunebook has about 600. Almost all tunes are in in G or D, so most would fit on 20 button G/D Anglo. Both tunebooks are available as free downloadable ABC and PDF. See http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/tunebooks/.
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    MIDI concertina project

    Yes, mine is described at http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/lachenal_30566_midi/lachenal_30566_midi.html. I don't play it often, but I used it in the Sunday evening session at the WCCP Halsway concertina weekend a couple of weeks ago. It's good for playing slow airs with a cello sound (transposed down an octave or two), and for combinations of e.g low Tuba plus a percussive something (glockenspiel or xylophone), as something different. I also sometimes use it at home with headphones on (and a concertina sound), to avoid disturbing the natives. Certainly the Hall effect contactless switching mechanism used by Roy of Accordion Magic has worked well - no dirty contact problems. Regards,
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    Finding new posts

    A hint if you can’t see ‘unread content’ and you are reading on a tablet device like an iPad, then turn the tablet sideways to get landscape mode. If you are in portrait mode, then the dynamic sizing seems to hide the unread content option.
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    Help naming (and finding) 2 songs

    There is a slightly simplified version of Liberty Bell in my Session Tunebook, at http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/tunebooks/.
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    What our concertinas look like?

    I will check the temperament and report back, but it won’t be for a while as I’m travelling at present. I’ve got the brass reeded GC with me, but I previously retuned that to concert pitch and equal temperament from the mess it was in before - someone had retuned just the notes needed to play in the keys of G and D) to concert pitch, and left the rest in old pitch! The steel reeded GC at home is still in old pitch, but I’m not sure of the temperament. I’ll check and report later.
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    What our concertinas look like?

    Simon's rather than Simons's, but the construct of "passing through xxx's hands" is a good English idiom. Yes, it is noticeably heavier than a standard treble, but still lighter than the 56 key EC that I sold as being too heavy. Not previously, but I'll give it a try! Regards,
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    What our concertinas look like?

    My brass reeded George Case treble (http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/case_2760/case_2760.html) is currently my favourite instrument to play at home. It’s in modern pitch and equal temperament, but my other GC treble (http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/case_3087/case_3087.html) which is steel reeded, is still in old pitch and sounds very sweet. I need to check its temperament, as I’ve not done so. I was intending to retune it to concert pitch from old philharmonic, but I’m holding off as it sounds so nice as it is (as long as I don’t play it with others who are in A=440)! i know that GC soon gave up doing the double reedpan with chambers on both sides, presumably because of manufacturing costs, but I wonder to what extent they are responsible for the sweetness of tone of these instruments.
  9. I'll be visiting between Malaga and Marbella on the south coast of Spain. Any concertina players there? Any trad music sessions?
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    Desert island concertinas

    Interesting - My current favourite that lives out of its case by my desk (ready to be grabbed before being shipwrecked) is also a brass-reeded George Case treble (http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/case_2760/case_2760.html).
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    Concertina for Cows

    It's an unfortunate still image, as it shows the cows all running away from the concertina! In the video they were more attentive. Can you choose a better still from the video?
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    What type of music do you play?

    I play mainly British Isles traditional music on English Concertina - There are example recordings, and my Session Tunebook to indicate the range. I play every other Monday evening at Greenshoots with other folk musicians, though not generally for an audience, and also join in at a couple of local pub sessions round Cambridge most months. I try and get to Chiltinas monthly, and a couple of times a year to the WCCP residential weekend events in Somerset, and a few other concertina events as time permits. Other than that, I play at home by myself for pleasure, and to entertain my wife Margaret - including a tradition of playing to her when she is in the bath, as the acoustics in the bathroom are the best in the house!
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    Highs and Lows of concertina playing

    Unfortunately, I didn't do any meaningful recordings at the high altitudes, so I've no upper bound to compare. Thinking about it, I was recorded up at Green Valley Lake playing some contributions to a CD by a local group (Childgrove comes to mind), but we never did the same think down the hill, so no direct comparisons. Regarding pitch, I used to be the instrument playing the introductory A for people such as fiddles to tune to, so any conflicts might have been hidden. Mind you, there were some instruments there like hammer dulcimers that I think were tuned to digital tuners, so given that the ensemble was reasonably harmonious, it couldn't have been too far off.
  14. I've finally got round to writing up a short illustrated memoir of my experiences of the highs and lows of concertina playing. It's available at http://www.pghardy.net/concertina/highs_and_lows/. It's a somewhat frivolous story, not a serious scientific study!
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    my first Anglo recording :)

    I like them both, and i'm impressed with your delicate ornamentation on the English. The EC version is more legato, without the 'snatches' that punctuate the Anglo version. I'm sure you could make them more similar by including more bellows reversals on the English - Rob Harbron had us practising tunes reversing on every bar, then again every strong beat, then finally reversing every beat.It felt strange (I'm used to using bellows like a bow on longer phrases), but gave us different tune textures to choose from. Regards,