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David Barnert

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  1. 10 hours ago, David Colpitts said:

    I have used the Striso (singular) for a couple of weeks, and the extra dimensions of control offered by the silicone buttons make a huge difference to me in terms of creative potential/sound variety/bent notes/and all.


    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.

  2. 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!

  3. 3 hours ago, Martin Essery said:

    I had thought of upgrading to a Clover, but if attention to detail is so absent on the cheaper instrument, I do not feel inclined to trust their more expensive ones. In a life as a craftsman, if I was required to make something cheaply, I did not make it shoddy, I made it as well as I could within the price constraint. While Concertina Connections makes much better instruments, the fact that they allowed this one through shows a lack of caring that I would rather not be associated with.


    Have you considered that with the Clover you can take advantage of the full purchase price trade-in program that Concertina Connection offers?

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  4. 1 hour ago, Little John said:

    My understanding is that if you play classical violin you have to play with the bow in your right hand, whether you're right handed or not, because the sight of a bow going the wrong way in an orchestra would be unacceptable.


    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.

  5. 12 minutes ago, Clive Thorne said:

    So is it a lefthanded concertina, or is a quirk of how you did the video?


    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?

  6. 3 hours ago, James Fitton said:

    Isn't the folk process interesting! I grew up in Manchester, England, in the 70s and 80s, and this is pretty much word-for-word and note-for-note the version I know. Also a fair few more ribald adaptions, but this version sounds "canonical" to my ears (not that that really means much in this context.) Anyway, nicely done and thanks for posting!


    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.



  7. 45 minutes ago, seanc said:

     Should I be trying to play more Stacatto on the left to get the melody to come through better?

    9 minutes ago, seanc said:

    do the duet players out there tend to try to keep the lowest notes really short as a practical work around?


    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.

  8. 8 hours ago, Owen Anderson said:

    Interestingly, the chorus that you're singing is totally different than the version I learned as a child in the US. Yet your audience appears to know and expect your version. I wonder if this is an Australian variant on it?


    5 hours ago, alex_holden said:

    It's the same version I remember being taught in northwest England in the 1980s.


    Everywhere but in America, I guess. I never heard the chorus before, either (and I grew up on the song).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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  11. 6 hours ago, Kelteglow said:

    I can whistle on key to many tunes

    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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