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David Barnert

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    46-button Hayden Duet Concertina
    Morris, English Country, Contra Dance Music
    Classical and Early Music
    Day job: Anesthesiologist

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  1. It's certainly a solution, but I don’t know that it offers any advantage over the octave treble clef (see my Nov 4 comment, above). Has anyone tried the tenor clef (sounds a 5th higher than bass clef, with middle C on the 2nd line from the top). Often used in high cello music to avoid ledger lines, convenient as the cello is tuned in 5ths, so you just play one string over.
  2. Rich Morse used to use his thumbs (outside the straps) occasionally on his 46-key Wheatstone Hayden. Not for routine passagework, but for the rare awkward note that was unplayable any other way. I've never seen anyone else do it.
  3. For 30 years I’ve been saying that you should be able to play Bach 2-part inventions on a Hayden, but I’ve never been able to do it. Bravo!
  4. I haven’t found a good answer. I prefer the bass clef, like piano music (I also play cello), but the notes lie high in the clef. But the other choice (octave treble clef) is in a different universe from the treble clef. You can’t have an occasional note in a voice go from one clef to the other. Nice job, Didie.
  5. Aha! I hadn’t seen the Hallelujah video yet, and assumed Don was posting the same video Bruce did. Sorry for the confusion.
  6. I hope it’s more like the Bastari Haydens of the early 1980s than the Stagi Haydens of twenty years later.
  7. Nice. Sorry for the late response, I’ve been away from concertina.net for a couple of months. Here’s my take on the same tune from 5 or 6 years ago on a Hayden duet.
  8. For years I used this as my internet sig, until monospace fonts went out of style. ______ /\/\/\/\ <______> | | | | | David Barnert <______> | | | | | <davbarnert@aol.com> <______> | | | | | Albany, NY <______> \/\/\/\/ Ventilator Concertina Bellows Bellows (Vocation) (Avocation) (I’m an anesthesiologist)
  9. The point is, don’t try to make a link out of it. Just type (or paste) the unformatted text of the url. Nice playing, by the way. I always worry when I don’t see something new from you in a while.
  10. You might be interested to know that the original Kaspar Wicky layout from the 19th century was, indeed, mirrored.
  11. I have a beach umbrella that I use for playing for Morris dancing in the rain. I call it my “music shed.” Not all beach umbrellas will work. The shaft is about an inch in diameter. It has a dull point at the bottom, which I put into my pants pocket after first passing it under my belt. Then I also hold it firmly between my chest and my upper arm (either side) to hold it steady. Three or four musicians can fit under it. In the past I’ve gotten them at BJ’s and Target. I needed a new one this year and could only find one small enough at Walmart.
  12. I have to assume that you are arbitrarily (and not very clearly) assigning meanings to “upward” and “downward” as follows: downward = away from the side of greater air pressure (whether it be in the bellows or ambient air) upward = toward the side of greater air pressure In other words, in the same sense as “upstream” and “downstream” in the flow of air. But my question is what starts it moving “upward”? With that uncertainty, the rest of your explanation loses me.
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