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David Barnert

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  1. My comments about the Stagi Duet (Hayden) are posted elswhere on this site: http://www.concertina.net/kc_hayden.html (about 1/3 of the way down the page)
  2. I would also call it E-dorian because although it has neither C naturals nor C sharps, the tonality has a lot of E-minor and D-major chords, a feature common to most (all?) Irish E-dorian tunes. I suspect, however, that a strict medievalist would be uncomfortable using the word "dorian" to describe any of those tunes. They use the same notes as a medieval E-dorian tune would, but they use them differently.
  3. I'm going to play the Devil's Advocate here and suggest that with the right combination of student and teacher, some valuable lessons could be learned despite the fact that they don't play the same instrument. You need a student who doesn't need to be shown where the notes are, of course, or how to hold the instrument (I realize this may not describe Russell yet, but he'll be there soon). And you need a teacher who understands that the task is not to impose instrument-specific techniques on a student who has no use for them. Once we've gotten past that, there's a lot of music to be learned. Phrasing, articulation, improvisation, listening, ensemble playing, crafting an accompaniment to a vocal line, music theory, musical structure, and the list goes on. Use of sound systems. The business of music. I've never had a concertina teacher. Much of what I know about playing the concertina I learned from a cello teacher (of course, he thought he was teaching me to play the cello, and it was only decades later that I applied it to the concertina).
  4. I've spared the forum and done my harassing via another medium.
  5. Don't you start! That was me, not Jim (and not Ken).
  6. How does this work? I have a Mac with a built in microphone. Dial-up connection, though (would that work?). I would think there would be a slight delay (even in broadband connections) that would make playing together difficult.
  7. ...and you don't know it. Your feet show it. (They're Longfellows.)
  8. I always assumed it was to keep the face plate from becoming deformed (caving in) if the screw that runs through the dowel (and holds the action board to the face plate) is too tight. It provides a clear endpoint when to stop tightening the screw.
  9. You're not going crazy, Helen. Perhaps just a little dotty. That was me. I also could not bear to see a message from a new member go unanswered, so I wrote:
  10. Ronf- You may not find any concertina players in your part of town, but you might have better luck searching out fiddle players. Concertina and fiddle is a much nicer combination (to my mind) than more than one concertina playing together. Good luck, and let us know what you find.
  11. I think the point is that this instrument is not in equal temperament, regardless of where the A is. Even if it were 440, the relationships between the notes (pure or more nearly pure intervals in the common keys) make the sound more desireable than that of modern instruments tuned to equal temperament where all intervals are slightly impure and every key sounds the same as every other key.
  12. It has recently been updated and rereleased. Now edited by Randy Miller (note spelling) and Robert Bley-Vroman. It is available for $20 at: http://www.cdss.org/sales/american_dance.html#books Here is their description: >2nd Edition: Revised & Illustrated >A classic resource - newly revised and illustrated to celebrate >the 20th anniversary of publication. Same great 168 New England >fiddle tunes commonly played at New England contra dances, >including jigs, reels, hornpipes, and marches. New features: >chord suggestions, key index, alternate title listings, sturdier >coil binding and Randy's own engravings. 2003 94pgs >Written Music Included
  13. Why would a 40 button require reeds placed in the middle of the reedpan? My 46 button Hayden has all the reeds at the periphery, as do all the 48-button EC's I've ever seen the insides of.
  14. Cloudy here, too. I have, however, (since August and as recently as last week) been pointing Mars out to whoever is around to see it. Worth a look. You'll never see it this close again and the window is closing.
  15. But well worth the effort. Answer to the original question, by the way, is that if you have a C/G and someone else has a Bb/F, to play the same fingerings, your playing will come out one whole step higher. What he plays in F, you'll play in G.
  16. Try this: Musica Viva: The Free Sheet Music Directory: Music in ABC format http://www.musicaviva.com/fsmd/list.tpl?category=ABC
  17. It's more complicated than that. According to an Indiana University web page at http://www.iupui.edu/it/ibrc/Misc/indiana_time.html most of Indiana observes Eastern Standard Time all year (without changing for Daylight Savings Time) but 10 counties in the western part of the state observe Central Time (Standard and Daylight, as appropriate) and 5 counties in the southeastern part of the state observe Eastern Time (Standard and Daylight, as appropriate). This arose as a plot factor in an episode of "The West Wing" last season (they missed the plane ). But all this is beside the point of my question. My Macintosh computer and several other of my more sophisticated gadgets that know both the time and the date have check boxes to enable automatic DST adjustment. Now that the date of conversion from ST to DST has been officially set as the first Sunday in April (only since 1987), it shouldn't be hard for the software to take care of that by itself. Shouldn't this forum site have such an option? Interestingly, I learned last weekend that while my GPS unit has such an option and I never thought there was anything unusual about how it worked, I had occasion to be looking at it early Sunday morning and noticed that it makes the switch an hour late (at 3 AM daylight time it switched to 2 AM standard time). Go figure. Indeed.
  18. It's more complicated than that. According to a, Indiana University web page at http://www.iupui.edu/it/ibrc/Misc/indiana_time.html most of Indiana observes Eastern Standard Time all year (without changing for Daylight Savings Time) but 10 counties in the western part of the state observe Central Time (Standard and Daylight, as appropriate) and 5 counties in the southeastern part of the state observe Eastern Time (Standard and Daylight, as appropriate). This arose as a plot factor in an episode of "The West Wing" last season (they missed the plane ). But all this is beside the point of my question. My Macintosh computer and several other of my more sophisticated gadgets that know both the time and the date have check boxes to enable automatic DST adjustment. Now that the date of conversion from ST to DST has been officially set as the first Sunday in April (only since 1987), it shouldn't be hard for the software to take care of that by itself. Shouldn't this forum site have such an option? Interestingly, I learned last weekend that while my GPS unit has such an option and I never thought there was anything unusual about how it worked, I had occasion to be looking at it early Sunday morning and noticed that it makes the switch an hour late (at 3 AM daylight time it switched to 2 AM standard time). Go figure. Indeed.
  19. It can readily be done, but needs to be done by a pro. Where are you?
  20. DoN Nichols is likely to know the answer here. He's not on this forum, but he reads rec.music.makers.squeezebox. His web site is linked on most comprehensive lists of concertina links.
  21. A common problem. Some would suggest adding a baffle to the left side. I haven't found that necessary. I just play the notes a little shorter on the left, allowing the right hand notes to ring through.
  22. FWIW, the square Bastari Hayden has 66 buttons.
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