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John Mock

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  • Birthday 08/17/1960

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  1. Concertinas are small and light enough that putting them in a hard case THEN putting that inside a pack (for ease of carrying) is, of course, the safest way to go. And really... how heavy is a concertina in a hard case? I carry two Morse's... each in a hard case and then both cases inside one padded bongo bag. It's nothing to carry... at least compared to my guitar
  2. Thanks guys, I really appreciate all the nice comments... and John... that's very cool. I never got to play one at a service myself
  3. Hi John... I'm fairly new at the video end of things, but you would need a program like Adobe Premiere or iMovie to start. Then, you would set up both cameras, turn them both on, and start by clapping your hands once or twice. Then, when you put it all in the program, you would use the clapping to line them up. After that you'd be able to make the choices of which camera footage to use when. You can use the audio from one camera or the other or both and just switch the video shots from camera to camera while keeping the audio consistent. The main thing to realize is that once they are lined up in the program, you can switch around and the "timeline" is still always in sync. Each program does these things differently, but I prefer Abode Premiere Elements (Elements is the lighter/cheaper version)
  4. I delete when I can, but there are exceptions... If you delete an old youtube video then you'll lose any comments, etc that people made on the video, as well as that exact link. So if you sent that link out there to people, it wouldn't work anymore. I wish youtube would let you "replace" a video so the link and comments could stay the same, but they don't. Personally, for me, if I had a better version, then I'd want that to be what people are seeing, and not the old ones. BUT... recently I did a new promotional video for my concerts, but I still had to keep the old one up because the link to that one was sent to a bunch of venues that were interested in booking me. So... I have both versions up. Sometimes youtube is just messy that way... but that was all I could do. - John
  5. The coolest thing about "traditional" concertina tuning (like C/G) is that it gives you all those doubled notes that are available as both pulls AND pushes... allowing more options of playing smoothly all in one direction here and there, not to mention the availability of chords in both directions. I wonder if the constant push/pull of a B/C would start feeling (and sounding) a little tedious... even though it's certainly a cool idea.
  6. Thanks Mike... I have a recording studio at home, so I mic the concertina just like I do when doing a record. Then I use my still camera (that also records video) to do the video. I then bring the audio and video into a software program (Adobe Premiere) to line them up correctly and spit out the video. I've been doing audio recording for a long time, but I only started doing videos very recently, so I had a bit of a learning curve on the video and movie side of things. I still need to do a bit of work on that
  7. Actually Zoom make a video recorder now. This would be pretty simple. ... here is the least expensive version on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Samson-Technologies-Zoom-Q2HD-Batteries/dp/B008TVGUJC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361496502&sr=8-1&keywords=zoom+video+recorder I haven't used one, but if it's anything like the Zoom audio recorders then it's probably pretty good.
  8. The Zoom that Dirge mentioned is a good idea. I know some people who shoot with a DSLR in video mode and actually have a Zoom mounted in the hot shoe... apparently they make a bracket to do that...
  9. Hi David. It's not a Hornpipe like an Irish hornpipe with the semi-dotted feel, but it is a Hornpipe in the "Sailor's Hornpipe" up version feel. - John
  10. Hi CJ, I have standard music notation for everything which I can email as PDFs... I'm not really familiar with ABC, though I've heard it mentioned before on this forum. I'll definitely look into that. In the meantime, if you could use the music I could email a PDF (my email is johnmock@comcast.net ). But I'll definitely check out the ABC thing, since it sounds like a great option. Thanks for the comment and your interest! Talk soon, - John
  11. As a side note, I must give credit to everything I've learned about concertina history to Dan M. Worrall. As everybody on this site knows, Dan wrote "The Anglo-German Concertina - A Social History". There's that chapter in volume 1 called "The Concertina at Sea". Thanks Dan, for bringing this history to light. It was a very enjoyable read, and the inspiration for "Sailor's Hymn"... I hope I got the story right
  12. Hi guys. I posted 2 videos in the general discussion forum a couple weeks ago... which I probably should have put here in the video forum instead. Anyway... for anyone who's interested, I've added two more, so here's 4 concertina videos on Morse concertinas (a C/G and an Ab/Eb). Thanks all! The Sailor At The Fair: For Those Lost At Sea: The New Chatham Hornpipe: Sailor's Hymn:
  13. Thanks Cary! I love writing for the concertina, and it's such a relaxing instrument to play. All the best...
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