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  1. Hi all My how time flies! I'm here once again to do a bit of missionary work. Happily I am once again running both Absolute Beginners and Improvers Melodeon workshops every afternoon from Monday 4th Aug to Friday 8th Aug at Sidmouth Folk Week. Both series will be progressive, so very advisable to start at the beginning. They are at a new venue this year, The Kingswood Room at the Devoran and Kingswood Hotel on the Esplanade. There are two Absolute Beginners workshops, just so I can fit them all in: Workshop I: 16:15 - 17:00 Workshop II: 17:15 - 18:00 No need to be able to read music, but you will need access to a D/G melodeon though, thanks to Spinningpath Arts CIC, I shall have a banks of about 12 melodeons available for those who would like to try out the melodeon, but don't have access to one. They shall be allocated by means of a lottery, forms for which will be available from the Box Office on The Ham. SO it's an ideal opportunity to find out what "those people" have been on about! The Improvers Workshops (if you are already a closet member of "those people") is where we look at different techniques and sneaky stuff for showing off. They are at 14:45 - 16:00 each day. Again music reading is not necessary, but you will need access to a D/G melodeon and be able to play a few tunes with simple bass accompaniment. So there we are, tell the world! You never know, someone might be interested ... Ed:-)
  2. Hi Gary Ta for asking and Yes there is! £25 + £8.50 p&p will get one winging it's way to you. Go to Paypal and send to account spinningpath.music@hotmail.co.uk Sorry you can't do direct from the website at the mo, it wouldn't lt me do drop down menues. But that's got me thinking. Hmmm... Ed
  3. Hi Paul You're not wrong. I already bent their ear about this earlier! Ed
  4. Hi all. I decided this was the best place to post this as there doesn't seem to be a topic heading for instruments of a lesser god. And I can't remember if I told you about it at the time, apologies if I did and or indeed didn't, but there is more news now. So, for them as might be interested, read on... The Melodeon Tutor by Ed Rennie Three years in the writing, The Melodeon Tutor is published this Summer. Starting from absolute beginners the step by step approach takes you through the mysteries of playing the D/G melodeon all the way to advanced techniques playing in C major and A Major. There is no need to be able to read music with this book as Ed has devised a unique numbering system to get you playing from the start. It’s also handy for explaining the more complicated fingering patterns. Many who have been taught by Ed have inadvertently learned how to read music as a by-product of this system! This 54 page book comes with a 42 track CD, so you can hear what things are supposed to sound like. It also comes with a DVD of 30 video clips with right and left hand techniques shown in close up. Sometimes the written word just isn’t enough. Finally I have managed to set up a website so that one can buy The Melodeon Tutor book online instead of messing about with emails back and forth and all that malarky! http://www.spinningpathmusic.co.uk/ I'm more than happy to ship worldwide you'll just need to check with me for the postage to lands outside the UK using err... emails back and forth and all that malarky. Ah... Thank you for your indulgence Ed
  5. Hi all Well finally the Devon Squeezebox Foundation website has been updated with the info for this autumn's workshops for melodeon piano accordions and english concertinas(good and righteous instruments). Additionally, for those who wish to learn but have no instrument, we have a number of melodeons and english concertinas for hire. How good is that? Go have a gawp www.devonsqueezebox.co.uk Cheers Ed
  6. Devon Squeezebox Foundation proudly presents "Access All Areas", an instructional day of Squeezebox Maintenance. Date: Sunday 3rd October 2010 Venue: Cheriton Bishop Village Hall, Devon Tutors: Rees Wesson, Dave Byett and Colin Dipper Cost £30 This will be a practical, get your hands dirty day. There will be some talks about different aspects of maintenance and an opportunity to whip the tools out and get inside that project squeezebox you've had in the loft for years and really will get round to having a go at restoring in the not too distant. If you would like to book in, email Ed Rennie at devonsqueezebox(at)hotmail.co.uk. He will send you a booking form and all will be hotsy totsy. Places are limited so book early!
  7. Devon Squeezebox Foundation proudly presents "Access All Areas", an instructional day of Squeezebox Maintenance. Date: Sunday 3rd October 2010 Venue: Cheriton Bishop Village Hall, Devon Tutors: Rees Wesson, Dave Byett and Colin Dipper Cost £30 This will be a practical, get your hands dirty day. There will be some talks about different aspects of maintenance and an opportunity to whip the tools out and get inside that project squeezebox you've had in the loft for years and really will get round to having a go at restoring in the not too distant. If you would like to book in, email Ed Rennie at devonsqueezebox(at)hotmail.co.uk. He will send you a booking form and all will be hotsy totsy. Places are limited so book early!
  8. Hi all I hope this finds you well. Infrequent visitor Ed here with news of what's going on with Devon Squeezebox Foundation this Autumn. I got news of our first English concertina course and some other squeezebox stuff about melodeons and piano accordions. I know, I know, but you never know who is listening in, nor who might be a clandestine accordionisto/a! Anyway, here we go... Devon Squeezebox Foundation is gearing up to go full steam ahead into this Autumn’s workshop season which starts in October. The workshops, which are group learning, are on weekday evenings and are open to musicians from 12 years old upwards. So what’s on? The Workshops ENGLISH CONCERTINAS Excitingly, this season sees the launch of a brand new workshop series for the English Concertina. The location for the workshops is Harpford Village Hall, which is between Newton Poppleford and Sidmouth The tutor is Jill Shepherd. Through the generosity of the West Country Concertina Players we have a number of instruments for hire for use with the course. MELODEON Now in it’s 4th year, the Devon Melodeon Project has workshops for all levels at 4 locations in the county, Great Torrington in the North, Harpford nr Newton Poppleford in the East, South Brent in the South Hams and South Tawton in the West. The twice monthly workshops are run by Ed Rennie. PIANO ACCORDIONThe Squeeze Keys Piano Accordion workshops are now in their 3rd year and have a new location, Cheriton Bishop Village Hall. These are also for all levels and they are twice monthly. Jason Rice is once again the tutor. Full details at www.devonsqueezebox.co.uk Or Ring Ed Rennie on 01363 774426 There you go! Painless wasn't it/ Cheers Ed
  9. As I am sure you have all noticed, the Devon Squeezebox Foundation website has been down for a while, because of the Lycos webhosting debacle. Well good news, everybody! We have a new domain name, so if you coould sling it in your address books, that will be a good thing. www.devonsqueezebox.co.uk Huge thanks and good squeezing Ed Rennie Lead Tutor Devon Squeezebox Foundation
  10. As I am sure you have all noticed, the Devon Squeezebox Foundation website has been down for a while, because of the Lycos webhosting debacle. Well good news, everybody! We have a new domain name, so if you coould sling it in your address books, that will be a good thing. www.devonsqueezebox.co.uk Huge thanks and good squeezing Ed Rennie Lead Tutor Devon Squeezebox Foundation
  11. Big Squeeze Day - Bad News and good news Devon Squeezebox Foundation are sorry to announce that they have had to cancel 2nd Big Squeeze Day on 20th September 2008. Ed Rennie, the Foundation's Lead Tutor said "Sadly, bookings are very low. I think we are another victim of the high fuel costs and general lack of dosh at the moment. We have no alternative but to cancel for this year. All those who have already booked will be re-imbursed in full. We hope this is just a deferment until next year when, with luck, the fiscal world will be on a firmer footing!" In the meantime, if you fancy honing your squeezing skills during the chilly(er) weather, we are now booking melodeon and piano accordion courses for Devon and possibly Somerset! Squeeze On! www.devonsqueezeboxfoundation.co.uk
  12. Hi all I originally posted this in the events and announcements, but of course it's more that just a big old social gathering in Devon, it's educational too. So on a higher plane it's improving the mind as well as pandering to the squeezers insatiable and base hunger for having a good time. And all this goes to prove that some people will write anything to get the posts back to the top... Anyway, this is what it's all about. Devon Squeezebox Foundation is proud to announce that it's 2nd Big Squeeze Day will be on 20th September 2008 at Queen Elizabeth's Community College, Crediton, Devon. Primarily a workshop day, there are workshops for many things squeezy, ie melodeons, piano accordions, english and anglo concertinas plus a concert of the tutors on the evening. This years tutors are: Sandra Kerr for English Concertina Will Duke for Anglo Concertina Chris Parkinson for Piano Accordion Brian Peters for Melodeon There are also beginners workshops for all the above instruments. Of especial interest to you chaps will be Beginners Anglo with Mick Bramich and Beginners English with Jill Shepherd, not that any of you need beginners workshops of course, but I thought you’d like to know. Anyway, there will also be a stall or two selling this and that and smiley helpful people all over the place. Excellent. More info, pricing and a booking form at www.devonsqueezeboxfoundation.co.uk Cheers Ed
  13. Hi Chris Why thank you! A small dose of the positive goes an awfully long way you know. Ed Hi all Just a quick reminder that Devon Squeezebox Foundations Big Squeeze Day is on 20th September 2008. All the details are on the website www.devonsqueezeboxfoundation.co.uk As it's going to be a workshop day as well as a fine social occasion with the inter-workshop jawing and the grand evening concert, I think I might shove it in the eduational bit too! Cheers Ed
  14. Hi Ed, Sounds like the PA players have the best of the deal, especially in terms of the location! Does Alison still run the Lustleigh pub, and is dozey Murphy (Irish Wolfhound) still alive? I've spent many a happy evening in the pub, whilst using it as a cycling base (1996/2001). I did one epic and memorable ride down to Sidmouth and back. En route, a bee found its way into my mouth, and did not leave before stinging me. A friend took my concertina to Sidmouth, but I was too tired to do anything other than drink in the Radway, and then contemplate the return ride. 70+ very hilly miles, as I recall. Regards, Peter. PS - hope there is much interest in your plans. Hi Peter THanks for the good wishes. The Piano Accordionistas getting the best deal? Possibly, possibly... Location may be lovely and the Cleave is a great pub (tho I've not been there in an age) but to balance, they do have to bear much unfair flack for playing the piano accordion. The wheel of life runs ever true... Ed
  15. Hi all Now, with winter drawing in, once more the old question of what to do with those long dark evenings? Devon Squeezebox Foundation hopes to run Anglo Concertina workshops throughout the winter. Naturally whether we do or not depends on if there is sufficient interest. They will probably be in the South Hams, but it all depends where the interest is! Email me via the website and let me know where in Devon you are and your level of Anglo Concertina eptitude. Now these next two may be a little off thread, but you guys are pretty broad minded Devon Squeezebox Foundation is also planning twice monthly D/G melodeon workshops from October until May in North Devon at Great Torrington, East Devon at Harpford, South Hams at South Brent and West Devon at South Tawton. Open to musicians 12 years old upwards, we cater for every level from the absolute beginner to those after the tricky stuff We also have a limited number of Melodeons available for hire for those who think they want to have a go at playing but would like to try before they buy! Lots more details on the website AND Squeeze Keys (Piano Accordions) workshops in in Lustleigh and Broadclyst AND We may well be starting D/G melodeon workshops in Somerset (Montacute and Bridgwater areas) if there is suffucient interest. So there you are my concertinery chums, if you know of any "musicians" with these unnatural tendencies, point them in my direction! Cheers Ed www.devonsqueezeboxfoundation.co.uk
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