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About LHMark

  • Birthday 10/06/1971

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    My Celtic rock band, The Sisters of Murphy
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    Rochester, NY

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  1. LHMark

    Strap Pinch

    Hmm. My instrument is a Wakker, and it has padded handrests. The pad protrudes ever so slightly over past the upper corner of the handrest, creating a pinch point. Maybe a little work with an xacto knife will do the job.
  2. LHMark

    Strap Pinch

    Right, been playing my new-build concertina for nearly a year now and an interesting problem has come up. When I pul, the strap is pinching the flesh between my thumb and index finger against the top of the handrest. It hurts. I've tried alleviating the problem by angling the "point" of the concertina more sharply against my thigh, in order to move my hand out of that position, but my big right mitt stil gets caught. If I take it up a hole, the strap is too tight for me to get all the notes. Any ideas for simple, non-invasive strap/handle mods?
  3. Here's a fleeting shot of my Wakker A4 in its natural environment
  4. For me, making the jump to playing "across the rows" became a lot easier when I stopped thinking of them as rows at all, just as places where the buttons happened to be located. Clearing my head of that linear mindset advanced made ssense out of skipping around.
  5. Right, after 5 long years, I've taken delivery of my brand new C/G Wakker A-4. It is beautiful. Question is, apparently there's a "C" drone, both on the push and the pull, operated by the left thumb. I've never had a C drone before. Can anyone suggest some creative ways to use it, other than beefing up C chords?
  6. Hi forumites. I'm in the unenviable position of having to play a bunch of stuff in A. It's a departure for a guy who's worn a comfortable groove in the keys of D and G. Anyway, I'm trying to figure out which fingering choices are optimal. When I get to the first G#, I have three As from which to choose: The top row A (which is a bit weird because of the reversal in direction of hand travel), the middle row A (which forces a chop), and the G row A (which pushes me back onto my ring finger and robs me of a bit of control). I know, I can get any of these with enough practice. I'm just wondering which choice more seasoned players find most efficient.
  7. I haven't posted in a while, so here's me hacking through "Out on the Ocean." Excuse the sirens at the end; that happens every time I play.
  8. Hi forum. I'm trying to figure out the part in "Johnny of Brady's Lea" that comes after the solo pipe intro, the eight bars that lead into the vocal part. Is anyone familiar with this song? I can't put the second four bars together right.
  9. NHICS was incredible. Noel is not only a masterful player but an insightful and empathetic teacher as well. Between the classes, the concert, and the improptu playing and sessioning, I got to experience some pretty special musical moments that now motivate me to practice more dilligently than ever. Thanks to Noel, Linda, and my fellow students for making my week unforgettable.
  10. How could you learn songs in D and not automatically learn to play cross-row? Regardless of whose system it might be, the C# and F# are where they are. For me, going cross-row seemed actually pretty natural. Now if only I could do it well...
  11. I just signed up. Coming in from scenic Rochester, NY. PeI am really looking forward to a week of not learning my instrument in isolation. -Mark
  12. If this instrument is still available, it would be a fantastic opportunity for a beginner at a good price. http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=11319
  13. If this instrument is still available, it would be a fantastic opportunity for a beginner at a good price. http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=11319
  14. I just placed a deposit down on a new Wakker A4 Anglo. Does anyone on here own one of these? I'd love to hear your impressions of the instrument.
  15. My geographic location forces me to learn in a vacuum. I've heard rumors of other concertina players in Rochester, NY, but they're a reclusive, secretive species. I'll be in Chicago April 7-11, and I'd love to take advantage of free time in a larger city to sit down and do a workshop with an experienced trad player. If anyone's interested, please let me know your availability and rates. I'd really appreciate the opportunity. -Mark
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