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  1. We can interject "what do you play" into this discussion. I have about 50 tunes I play from memory for myself and others, but they are not what you would play at a session I suppose.


    I just spent many hours working out a reasonable presentation of The Carousel of Life (Howl's Moving Castle Theme) for my baritone Anglo, which sounds great, but is certainly not traditional concertina.


    Right now my three real show pieces are La Marianne, The Song from Moulin Rouge, and the Carousel of Life. Real crowd pleasers are simple tunes; Londonderry Aire, The Minstrel Boy, and Scotland the Brave.


    Sort of unique is a long collection of American Civil War songs, and WWI songs I play.


    I guess my point is, you do not have to play Irish folk music to enjoy yourself or to get applause.



  2. Apparently they could hear me from the parking lot across the road and the up-tight lead harpist thought I was intruding on the rehearsal. I would never have thought it would carry that far.


    Concertinae are generally louder than harps...especially outdoors.


    OK, let me clarify; from the parking lot, across the road, across the grounds, up to the second floor of the church, and through the brick walls.



  3. Yesterday my wife participated in her first harp recital, with 26 other harpists in Orlando. My daughter and I came along early for her dress rehearsal, and is my habit I brought the Anglo along to kill time.


    My daughter was not happy to just sit on the tailgate for my usual venue, and wanted to walk over to Lake Eola Park, which is as downtown as you can get in Orlando and is sort of a little yuppie island in this Florida city.


    So we find a place where we can watch the Black Swans, and I get Precious out. It wasn't 5 minutes before someone comes along and drops change at my feet. OK, I am facing the lake and not the path, and dressed a little fancy for the recital, but whatever. I say to him, "Thanks, but keep the change, I am just playing for the pleasure of it". He lays a compliment on me, and says he thought it was worth it, and thanks as he picks the change up.


    A few minutes later someone comes along and wants a picture taken with me. Pretty fun.


    After awhile we went back to the church where the recital is going to take place, and I take my usual place on the tailgate to play a little more. In a few minutes some folks come out and give me the stink-eye (as my daughter put it). Apparently they could hear me from the parking lot across the road and the up-tight lead harpist thought I was intruding on the rehearsal. I would never have thought it would carry that far.


    Anyway, a strange and interesting concertina afternoon.



  4. (BTW, I asume you're writing in American when you say the Rochelle is "not half bad". Where I come from, "not half" means "absolutely" or "very".)







    How interesting. In the American south "not half bad" means reasonably good; not great but better than you would expect.



  5. A pox on Youtube, now I think I need a Hayden Duet. Any experience with 1) adding a Duet to the stable when you play an Anglo, and 2) anyone played the new Elise? I started on a Rochelle, and except for the stiff bellows it wasn't half bad. Moved up from that to a nice Tedrow.

  6. Really? Gosh, I was there a few years ago, visiting Gold Tone banjos - didn't hear any concertinas though... :huh:



    You came from Clare to Titusville? I hope you visited some of the pretty parts of the US as well.


    Amazing that we're a center for decent banjos, just like who would have picked Birmingham (Alabama) as a home for good concertinas.


    If I am very lucky, maybe someday I'll visit Clare.


    OK, some honesty. Florida has charms and ugly spots just like anyplace. We can't compete with a lot of the world, and you really have to be one of the inmates to fully understand this state, but I make a sunrise ride almost every morning, and it can be very pretty then.



  7. Just stumbled across another. Watching "The Last Hunt" for the first time, and there is Loyd Nolan sort of playing a concertina.


    I've noticed that the movies will fake playing a violin or piano, but they just don't make much effort with a concertina. Just pushing and pulling like a fire bellow, and not even moving fingers. There was nothing Anglo about it, and it was a miraculous English if that was what it was.



  8. Florida.




    My home town (and "historic downtown" is charitable). I had no idea concertina gnomes lived here.



    I play sometimes at Parrish Park and at the Chain of Lakes if you ever hear concertina music wafting on the air.




  9. This is why I bought a Clear Pass, and this last week lost my subscription price when they went belly up.


    Anyway, I've flown with mine several times, and each time got questioned thoroughly, but fortunately I was always able to talk to the screener from beginning to end since the Clear Pass lines are only a couple people. Before it even hit the xray I started saying "its a musical instrument like an accordion, I will be happy to show it to you, please don't be rough on it", and they never were.




  10. "congrats! which song from moulin rouge? i have lately decided to start doing some pop/etc music, and i love that movie, so i might have to learn it too. do you mind posting your version, or at least emailing it? i'm always excited to hear how people deal with music like that on the concertina, cuz so few people do.


    there's few feelings as great as learning good tunes, learning them well, and learning them quickly. this past couple weeks or so i've been on a tune spree. after years and years of having a small repertoire and working on technique, just recently i've decided to expand my repertoire.


    i've decided that now as soon as i know almost all the notes of a tune in the last tune of a set, i have to add another set to my queue, while continually working on the others. that way i'll always be expanding my repertoire. initially i was also making sure every day i worked on a tune in a flat key, but i have so much on my plate i'm letting that go to the wayside.





    Nice to hear from you. This is the original Moulin Rouge movie from the 1950's about Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and not the later one with pop music. The song is literally "The Song from Moulin Rouge", although it is also known as "Where is Your Heart" (you can find it on Youtube). I have been trying to work on romantic songs lately, as one of the venues I get to play in favors those.


    I try to learn a couple tunes a week, and my cheat sheet now has at least an hour's worth of tunes.


    I don't have the technology to post vids yet, but I am ambitious to get set up for Youtube postings.



  11. Hello on a stormy Florida Sunday.


    Any day with a new song is a good day, but a week with three new songs is wonderful. I read music well, but enjoy playing by ear, especially because these stay in my head and the wonderful part of playing the Anglo is sitting down somewhere and playing unencumbered by a music stand.


    I can play for about an hour now without repeating, and this week worked out Muss I Denn, The Happy Wanderer, and The Song from Moulin Rouge.


    NNY :-)

  12. Hi Jeff


    Castagnari Giordy?


    or a Schylling toy?


    They're small.






    A pox on your house Leo, for showing me a Castagnari Giordy, I now have to start saving money.


    BTW anyone can tell me the story behind the GbH series of videos with a costumed player of the Giody?



  13. Ray,


    I bought a Rochell without ever even having seen a concertina in real life. Loved it and played well enough to know I wanted a better instrument. I was fortunate to be able to buy a quality baritone from Bob Tedrow. Here's what I learned and can say about the Rochell.


    Sounded pretty decent, looks ugly, and the bellows are really stiff. Sound decent is good, looks ugly is not important for a beginner, and stiff bellows; well two out of three ain't bad.


    I also got my cost back when I traded up, which was a real plus if you deal with a seller that offers that option.


    I would say that the Rochell is the way to go if you don't want to spend any more.




    What the heck ... always looking for a good excuse to post a pic.



  14. For my baritone I use what used to be called a vanity case, something close to this -




    I think mine is a bit nicer looking, being a simple blue color. I stumbled across another one at a garage sale and bought it "just in case" for concertina number two.


    Bob Tedrow, who made my baritone, told me he uses the same thing.




    I thought that would be a good part about one of those; no breathing difficulty. My concertina has 6 reeds. I only have the occasional trouble with 1/10 tunes, but I figure a way of how to get out of them. ;) Keeping in mind what number of reeds you have, you would get used to them especially if it's your first concertina. Your arms get used to the length of how far the concertina can be pulled-out.





    BTW- Concerning the picture of yourself a few posts ago; Is that place a shooting range you go to?



    OK guys, we're talking folds in the bellows, not reeds. Reeds are the buzzy hummy thingies :-)


    That pic is from the Florida Alafia Rendezvous. The rifle is a .58 Christian Springs Rifle (a flintlock) that my father gave me as a final gift while he was terminally ill.


    My wife an I both compete in black powder muzzleloading events; me mostly shooting a .36 flintlock Southern Rifle, and she shoots a .45 percussion Ohio Rifle.



  16. All right! An excuse to post pics of my baritone.


    An while I'm at it, a mysterious pic of me-self.




    :blink: Look how many reeds there are! :) Wow, you must be able to play for a long time without pushing the air button. :lol: ;)

    Why does it have so many?



    Tedrow 10 fold, C/G baritone, with ambyona fret work. I ordered it that way, I like the feel of the bellows, you really don't have too much in breathing management issues.




  17. Cool. When I saw the thread title "electronic concertina" I thought that it might refer to this.




    Holy cow, I had been thinking an English would be fun, but the notes of the scale are split back and forth from right side to left?


    That seems more confusing that learning the notes on push and draw.



  18. I had a similar problem with certain frequencies that caused me to change an order for a Tedrow from a standard to a baritone.


    Luckily I found that I had a brain tumor before my hearing got worse. Get a CT and look for an acoustic neuroma.



  19. I have my name and town written on the inside of my instrument - not for the police (though I that's a nice side effect I hadn't thought of) - but instead as a hello for whoever has my instrument after me. I really hope (being a young guy and full of hubris) that a century from now someone will open the instrument and wonder who this Peter bloke was and what he was doing with this instrument.





    That is exactly why I put my name in my Tedrow baritone. I am reminded of a wardrobe we bought at auction. While cleaning up we found a name and a 1936 date on the back, which made the purchase even more special.


    I once bought an old story book in french (which I do not speak) simply for the extensive notes in the fly. I tried to contact the address there but found that it ceased to exist in WWII.



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