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  • Birthday 07/21/1956

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    Hi, I got a 30 button Geuns-Anglo - play irish tunes and sing/play sea songs (the old prejudice, I know :-)
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  1. What a great start in the new year - a peppy bouncing tune. Thanks and a happy new year!
  2. Even when listening to anglo players with good concertinas I heard the air velve "breathe". This leads me to several questions: Is that due to construction method unavoidable? Also I try to avoid the use of the air velve - with some tunes (eg tunes with predominantly F-chords) I can't compensate the pull by pushing parts. I then try to use the air button while playing a push chord and not in a quiet part. This requires a sensitive use in order to keep pressure and tone fairly constant. How do you handle it? Do all concertinas make a noice when using the air button?
  3. Seems I missed the tune last week - only want to say: I'm hooked! A good tune creates a certain atmosphere - brings pictures to your mind - makes you hear or smell something. That's what happened. I prefer this one to the other. Thanks for sharing.
  4. So what were you doing, back in 1979? My goodness my guinness - we had plenty of it in 1979 on our 6 week tour through scotland and ireland. And we had a funny night in our tent on Skye during the legendary storm which caused the fastnet yacht race tragedy. In Ireland I bought my first concertina (very cheap - made in GDR) toyed around and drove my friends half mad. At that time even in Germany we had plenty of good irish an scottish music in bars and clubs. Now I'm thirsty. Cheers
  5. A wicket heat today. Wouldn't that be great: first a cool swim and then playing some tunes. Seems that's what he did . Do bears in general prefer anglo?
  6. looks strange to me (time for outing?): the 20 key diagramm shows the chords of a C/G Anglo. In the 30 key diagramm - also C/G there seems to be something wrong? The C minor and the B7 chord would not work on my Wheatstone layout. I think you are right, this shows a slightly different layout (or a mistake?) plus a drone. On a first glance the other chords look fine to me. I'm sure the experts will know. There a always several ways to do a chord. I mostly differ the chords - play e.g. e minor as shown in the 20 key diagramm or with lower B on the G row or low E on acc. row depending how it suits the melody. When I started playing chords I wrote down the tones of every (common) chord and practiced on the push and pull singing eaysy melodies (poor familiy). But that gives you a good repartoir. I did not check the Eb-Ab-Bb chords (because I never ever feeled the wish to try).
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    not well done????? Thanks for sharing - great playing - I like the arrangement - the mixture of full accompaniment, passion and soft and clear parts.
  8. hi Folks - that's lovely - I really enjoyed it thanks and all the best
  9. I join this chorus: A great place - sincere thanks to all - special thanks to Leo for serving the latest videos! Happy new year - and happy squeezing in 2010!
  10. If possible I try to play almost every day. This is not pure practice of new tunes but also playing "old" tunes for fun. Often enough its just to enjoy the old ones and I also love the challenge of a new tune - BUT - it's very hard work for me. It takes me a long time to play it properly. Just as Priscilla pointed out - yesterday I played the tune so fine and today - a mess. Happens it also to you that the fingers forgot parts or tunes which you did not play for a longer time? Was the A on the push or pull or the G in the middle row? Sometimes I wonder, whether this is an Anglo-problem (beside mine). On other instrument (whistle or mandolin) I lost speed or did not play "clean". But playing Anglo seems to me to be more difficult and progress slower. Would you share this valuation? Enough moaning - I love this instruemnt!
  11. Sorry to hear this - I grew old with the music of the Clancy Brothers - an Liam was a great musician.
  12. Thank you and yes it is a C/G. I'll practice this way. I only had concerns that changing direction might limit the speed. In the playing of Noell Hill (Irish Concertina II) I could not identify how he did it. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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