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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. My brother just sent me these ancient “Nancy” comics that a friend of his unearthed.
  2. Before there was concertina.net, there was the usenet group, rec.music.makers.squeezebox, which was a forum for players of all sorts of free-reed bellows instruments. Some of the names appearing in this video (Henry Doktorski, for instance) are folks who were familiar voices in that milieu that I haven’t heard from since.
  3. Great stuff. But C minor, certainly, with excursions into Eb major.
  4. This is essentially correct, except that the word “octave” should be struck from the phrase "2 octave trebel clefs” in the 3rd sentence. Treble clef on the right, octave treble clef on the left. And I didn’t say I actually use it. I only considered it as a possibility. I usually use bass clef for the left hand.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Aha! I hadn’t seen the Hallelujah video yet, and assumed Don was posting the same video Bruce did. Sorry for the confusion.
  10. I hope it’s more like the Bastari Haydens of the early 1980s than the Stagi Haydens of twenty years later.
  11. 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.
  12. 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)
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