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Jody Kruskal

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  1. Wait a minute, could the cut-aways be merely to align the holes better to the chambers? My thought is, to squeeze in everything on 38+ button instruments, the holes, buttons pads and levers have an ideal spacing which does not quite match the ideal reed and chamber spacing, more easily achieved on 30- button instruments. The hole extentions could be just to make these two systems achieve a better fit by slanting the holes to better match thier corresponding chambers. Just conjecture on my part, but it could make sense of this conundrumn. Your thoughts? Testing my hypothisis would not be too hard using rubbings and/or photos of the internal workings of the instruments and laying them on top of each other with photoshop or some such app to see how they align.
  2. I'm sure there was a recent thread about this, but I can't remember the conclusion. Here is the internal photo of a Jefferies. Notice the holes have been camfored/extended. Why? Was it to make room for mechanical action or to effect tone or pitch? Or all three? I'm just a player, but still curious about the mysteries of concertina construction.
  3. I just heard that Margaret cancelled the whole of Old Pal. Interesting times.
  4. I'm not a concertina historian, but my impression is that Jefferies made 30 button instruments as well as 38 and 44 button models. This looks to be one of the latter. My 44 button has identical ends to this one. Mike... how can you sell this gem? Too many buttons for you?
  5. Where are the springs hiding on the McNeela Anglo concertina? It's one of their better models, perhaps a Curlew. My student and I thought to fix a busted spring, took the end off and there were no visible springs on the levers or action board. Disassembly stopped there because everything else was waxed in. They must be underneath the buttons, I guess, but there does not seem to be much room in there... and what would such a spring look like? https://mcneelamusic.com/the-curlew-concertina/
  6. John, yes, I sent you the email contact for the Faversham house concert. To be clear, my house concerts are all private affairs that require an invitation from the presenter. If you want to attend you can apply, but it's up to the house. I've just added another to my growing list of gigs.
  7. Thanks Leonard. Yes, my tour is up to eleven confirmed venues now that I've just added Faversham on the 16th. Hey Bob! Will I be seeing you on Thursday Nov. 5 at the Bideford Folk Club? Hope so.
  8. Hi John, My friends in Faversham have kindly agreed to present this concert. One of them has a good sized house that will seat 25. How those seats will be reserved has not yet been determined, but I'm pretty sure that early application will be able to secure some seats for you and your friends once the logistics get figured out.
  9. Hi Jake, Now, I'm starting to drool with desire for one of your G/D 38 button Anglos. What does the right side look like?
  10. I was listening to some old recordings of mine and came across this gem. Really exceptional quality trio for a field recording. Anglo Concertina with fiddle and Northumbrian Pipes with the Watchorns at Whitby Folk Festival 2007. http://jodykruskal.com/tune_of_the_month/august_2007_assets/GnCockade_FarFromHome.mp3 http://jodykruskal.com/tune_of_the_month/august_2007.html
  11. Announcing my 2020 UK tour, thus far. Friday Oct. 30 Ryepiece Barn House Concert, Ettington, Warwickshire Sunday Nov. 1 Bothy Folk Club, Southport Tuesday Nov. 3 Broadfields Farm House Concert, Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire Thursday Nov. 5 Bideford Folk Club, Devon Friday Nov. 6 The Village Pump, Trowbridge near Bath Wednesday Nov. 11 Llantrisant Folk Club, South Wales Friday-Sunday Nov. 13-15 Witney Supersqueeze Monday Nov.16 Faversham House concert, Kent Wednesday Nov. 18 Dorking Folk Club, Surrey Saturday Nov. 21 Lewes Saturday Night Club Sunday Nov. 22 Walthamstow Folk Club, London Monday Nov. 23 Clapton House Concert and Old Time Session, London I look forward to seeing you along the way! Just added Faversham on the 16th and Clapton on the 23rd.
  12. When I had problems, my Dr. suggested this successful strategy... No playing for a week. For the next week, only 5 min. twice a day. Next week, 10 min. twice a day. Then 20, then healed. Worked for me and the pain never returned.
  13. Hi Notemaker, If it's songs you are looking for, my Anglo students on Skype request many great folk songs and I do my best to satisfy them. Here is a short list of a few titles I've arranged for my students... all good ones: Shennandoah Go Tell Aunt Rhody Dance To Your Daddy Danny Boy Flash Jack From Gundagai Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss Greasy Coat Oh Suzanna Parting Glass Pretty Little Horses Rivers of Texas South Australia Strike The Bell The Swimming Song The Rattlin' Bog The Water is Wide You Are My Sunshine Blue Christmas A few songs just don't work very well on the C/G Anglo but most work a treat. If it's only accompaniment you want, then really, most anything is possible, assuming you are flexible about what key it's in. Of course the Morris and English session tunes really let the Anglo shine, but traditional Old Time, Contra, Shetland, Swedish, Scottish, Quebecois, Irish, Basque, French and other great genres are all handy on the Anglo.
  14. Lucky, lucky, lucky me I'm a lucky son of a gun I work eight hours, I sleep eight hours, I save eight hours for fun, Hey!
  15. Oops! Sorry... Transposition error: When I said, "Instead of a dedicated drone, my left hand thumb button plays G on the draw (very useful) and C on the push (less useful) so no drone button for me." I should have said, "Instead of a dedicated drone, my left hand thumb button plays C on the draw (very useful) and F on the push (less useful) so no drone button for me."
  16. That's right Daria! When playing C/G Anglo I can play nice drones even though I don’t have a drone button. Instead of a dedicated drone, my left hand thumb button plays G on the draw (very useful) and C on the push (less useful) so no drone button for me. Still, one nice drone sound I use is to play a tune in C or even just a C scale on the right hand... while also using an additional drone G on the push with the left hand button #5 (Coover system, also called top button middle row). Then when it’s time to draw, I play the same G using button #4a (Coover system, also called second from the top button in the far row). This is a very handy combination using the index finger for push and the middle finger for draw and keeps the G drone going regardless of bellows direction. By using these two buttons and this droney effect you can harmonize whole sections of many tunes in C. For example, try the A part of Donkey Riding in C. Works a treat. Try it with British Grenadiers in C or ... The A part Rakes of Mallow in C or any number of tunes played in the key of C. Of course, all of these C tunes are commonly played in G. Another reason to play a G/D Anglo, especially if you are playing in sessions or with fiddles. For solo playing though, it matters not, and tunes in C on the C/G sound grand. Simple droney harmonization using just those two buttons and a few neighboring helper buttons can sound very sweet and full. Add some low notes and it gets really rich.
  17. I've been using this method in the winter where it gets very dry. No bluetooth though.
  18. True, Jefferies is not required, just a bit better... esp. for playing in the keys of D and A.
  19. Edouard, I play Quebecois fiddle tunes on Anglo. For ease of play in the most common fiddle keys, my advice is to get a G/D Jefferies.
  20. Excellent question, Jon: Twinkle is a great tune , simple, but with scope and harmonic possibilities. Mozart admired it. Every beginner should learn it right off. For a tune like this, all keys work fine. Learn to play it in C, G, D and F, one at a time, in that order. Can't go wrong with that, though you might drive yourself "Twinkle Crazy". Each key presents a different set of finger patterns and challenges that you will soon learn to apply to the tunes you learn next. For Twinkle, I don't believe there is a common key for its performance. The "right" key would be more likely to reflect the best key for the singer. Not so for other tunes that have socially accepted keys as a standard... however, since you are a beginner and playing alone without singing, it matters not a whit what key you play any tune in. You will learn a lot, working out a bunch of tunes in a variety of keys. Some keys might work better than others, but none are wrong as long as your instrument has all of the notes in its range. Just play, play, play, listen to yourself and decide what sounds best. It's all grist for the mill. If you do end up playing with others and want to find out what keys are commonly used for a standard tune or song, go to: fhttp://www.folktunefinder.com/ or https://thesession.org/ Enter the title and see what is the most frequent key. This could take a bit of sleuthing, but not much. The most common key played will likely be the one that most folks use on these two sites. On the other hand, If you are playing with others, just ask them what key they play a tune in. You will certainly get an answer, though it might not be the same answer everywhere you go. This key business is all based on context and I would suggest that you, as a beginner, start with whatever key is easiest. Then work out from there. As a beginner, another way to put it might be... whatever key sounds best... that's the right key for now. With Twinkle, you really can't go wrong whichever key you choose.
  21. Hi Mathhag, Thanks for sharing your heartwarming story. Your enthusiasm will surely see you through.
  22. Yeah, now you are talking. Not that sanitized nationalistic polka stuff but rather the real old music that may have been recorder in the early 1900's How about this one at 2:40?
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