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David Barnert

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  1. Once again, Simon, you have to catch up on your American cultural trivia. The lightning happened at the precise moment in the music that it did (1960s) in the television program credits.
  2. I wasn’t aware when I wrote the above, but registration closed that day.
  3. A very smart and very musical person, who 50+ years ago was a pioneer in the field of electronic music, once said: “Everything you can control you must control.” I’m not sure I’d want to have to worry about so many degrees of freedom for every button I push.
  4. People come to the NorthEast Squeeze-In (NESI) every year from further away than North Carolina. This year it’s in Connecticut, September 16-18, 2022. Space is still available. Sure, it’s not just concertinas. We have to share the experience with accordions and melodeons, but they don’t bite (well, most of them). No hired teaching staff. Whoever wants to lead a session chooses a time and place and puts a post-it note on the schedule grid. I’ve been going for almost 30 years. Great fun!
  5. Have you considered that with the Clover you can take advantage of the full purchase price trade-in program that Concertina Connection offers?
  6. There is a left-handed Viola da Gamba player that I have seen several times at the Boston Early Music Festival who plays an instrument constructed as a mirror image of a standard VdG (not as trivial as you might think), bowing with his left hand, fingering with his right.
  7. The printing on his T-shirt appears to be a mirror image, so my guess is that the whole video is right-left reversed. But that would mean he’s wearing his watch on his right wrist. TehRazorBack, are you left-handed?
  8. Here’s a page from the Wheatstone ledgers of October, 1851: http://www.horniman.info/WNCMARC/C1047/IMAGES/C3P0310D.JPG Your instrument, #3487, is listed on the 10th line. I can’t tell you anything more about how to interpret what’s there.
  9. This is essentially the version I learned from my parents in the 1960s in the New York City area (but without the sound effects). In our version, it was “silk pajamas” in the 5th verse and the 6th and 7th verses are unfamiliar to me. https://youtu.be/fPxpF5MWu-A
  10. Well, let’s just say that her hands are through the straps, but her palms are flat against the keys and her fingertips extend beyond the edges of the ends. She is pumping the bellows freely, which suggests that someone has opened up a vent hole somewhere.
  11. Try it again. It worked for me just now, even after reloading.
  12. She’s hardly pretending. Her fingertips aren’t anywhere near the keys and her fingers aren’t moving.
  13. That’s really the only way to do it. The reeds on the lower notes are bigger and therefore louder. Since you can’t send less air pressure to them, the only way to decrease the amount of air flowing through them is to shorten the amount of time their pads are open. It makes good musical sense, too.
  14. Interesting. See this item I posted 17 years ago:
  15. Ahh... The good old days, when we didn’t know better than to try... [ Me and Paul Everett, who built the thing, NESI 2001 ]
  16. Everywhere but in America, I guess. I never heard the chorus before, either (and I grew up on the song).
  17. Then, of course, there are Michael Eskin’s concertina apps at http://appcordions.com.
  18. This is well-known, although a lot of folks misinterpret it and think it has something to do with the doppler effect, which is not right. What’s happening is that the blades of the fan are sending waves of compressed room air in all directions. the frequency of these waves is the inverse of the amount of time it takes each fan blade to travel to where the adjacent one was a moment ago. As each wave of compressed air encounters the concertina it affects the way that the reeds vibrate. The sound that results resembles what your voice would sound like if you shake your fist rapidly while phonating. I demonstrated this to myself by accident a few years ago at Morris Dance practice. It was a hot evening and we had a fan set up. I stood playing with my back to the fan so my body blocked the waves and my playing was unaffected. At one point one of the dancers advanced toward me and at the same time I could feel the wind from the fan bouncing off his chest and the concertina briefly exhibited the effect you describe. It’s called the ceiling fan effect, because it happens most commonly with ceiling fans. I once had to stop a concert at Pinewoods because an unsuspecting concertina player sat down to play right under a ceiling fan in the Camp House. We shut off the fan, and later I showed him what would have happened if he had played under the spinning fan.
  19. Whenever I take an end off my concertina for any reason, before putting it back together I go around the perimeter of the reed pan with my thumb and gently press each reed shoe to make sure none of them are a little loose.
  20. To me, that’s the sound of air escaping around the reed shoe. Often, it can be remedied by simply pressing the reed shoe firmly into its dovetail joint, but you’ve probably done that already (consciously or not) if you’ve removed the reed as in the pictures and replaced it. Next thing I’d try would be to place a very thin shim (newsprint) along the length of one edge of the shoe and replace it into the joint. Just be careful the shoe doesn’t get pinched, changing the shape of the rectangular hole.
  21. Are you saying you can whistle a tune in the correct key without first hearing a reference note? That’s what’s called “perfect pitch,” and very few people have it (I don’t), although in some primitive cultures everybody seems to have it. Apparently, Barack Obama has it: Al Green Obama
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