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  1. If you don't mind, Juanma : That's a salterio - or one of the instruments so called, I think the english word is psalter -. As Chris pointed they can be hammered, plucked and some of them bowed. Cheers, Fer
  2. Yes, I've got quite a bit of nerve because I've got quite an opinion. By the way, if you think that Comhaltas is representative about what REAL irish music is, you know even less about the subject I thought... Comhaltas is, indeed, doing very much to kill ITM by standarising it and making young children competitive, leave alone their nationalistic component... I think it's disgusting, for to say the least. I don't post on any of your threads about bayan,eastern european music or any other subject I don't know about... seems it's not the same to you. And it seems you're not familiar - and seems, amused - with the british expression It's not my cup of tea. Well, it means, just in case you don´t know it It's not of my taste. Maybe are you suggesting I've to share your taste? Are you the owner of the absolute truth? I'm sorry, but almost certainly you're not. I only pointed that a 'tina is not an accordion in any way, thanks goodness, having into account there're enough of that boxes around, thanks. Only was talking about a very particular experience in a very particular context. Cheers, my dear troll. Fer
  3. Yes, I probably deal with amateurs... who own Bugari accordions up to 4000 euro. Is obvious you never played in an Irish music session; where the role of the accordionist is, most of times, very self centered for to pay attention about what other musicians are playing. And almost all of videos don't impress me; the virtuoso who plays solo - funnily enogh, in spanish means 'alone', too - has his own niche. Not my cup of tea, though. If you really read my post, you'll notice I never said anything about other types of music but the one who concerns to me. Accordions and too many bodhrans are the perfect pest to ruin an otherwise good ITM session. Cheers, Fer
  4. Now, this is one of the most annoying things I've readen in this forum. Of course concertina is not an accordion, LUCKILY. I've played - yes, Irish music, so? - as a fiddler with lots of accordionists: piano system, continental chromatic, B/C, C#/D... and there's nothing more unpleasant to my ears than the multi-voiced musette tuned instruments - leave alone an inadequate accompaniment on left hand that clearly clashes with the one of the bouzoukist / guitarrist- . Not to talk about their irritant inherent loudness. To my ears, the charm of the anglo is its single voice and articulation, and good blending with other ITM instruments. IMHO, the anglo is the quintaessential harmonica - that I can't play because still am a heavy smoker -. So, I'm sorry Mischa; I couldn't dissagree more with you. Cheers, Fer
  5. Damn! You're right. Even a Rochelle has better action - and 10 more buttons! -
  6. No idea - to my untrained eyes looks like a cheap Lachenal or Jones -. Anyway, is falling into pieces Where in Spain are you? I think we're only 4 or 5 in the forum! Cheers, Fer
  7. I hope as a spaniard married to a british can help you... Chris, more or less. But a lot stronger, the spanish 'J' is as hard as the arabic sound, it comes from the back of your throath as if you were going to clear it - or, sorry, to spit-. This and the vibrant spanis 'rr' are the most difficult sounds to my wife Cheers, Fer
  8. F*****g hell! I've seen your 'tina and I'm seriously crossed... (joking) Anyway, given the fact I'd have to wait 3 more years for my Suttner, I'll not say to you that anglo is superior 'til then - of course, as all connoisseurs know, anglo is the superior system -. All the best to you! Hope i'll see you soon at homeland! Cheers, Fer
  9. Hi, Fernando (my namesake)! Nice stuff. Where is your new fancy Wheatstone? Post pictures, you bugger!! Michael, the dulzaina is a very ancient instrument related to the bombarde and ancestor of the oboe. It's double reeded, mouth blown and loud as hell. Nowadays is full keyed made - and quite expensive -. It's played in Castilla accompanied by a snare drum for dances. This piece was a Jota, - nothing to do with the letter of the same name in spanish alphabet, 'J' - and it's in 3/4 time. It's danced in a very lively way. Castilla music is rich also in odd time signatures, as 7/8. Cheers, Fer Edited for to add a beatiful link - only in spanish, I'm afraid -: http://usuarios.multimania.es/yanguasde/JOTAS...P/jotas.htm
  10. Er... No. The title in the post is wrong. Indeed, isn't the same to say bagpipes, any kind of mouth blown ones - devil's instruments - that uilleann pipes, who blend very nicely with the anglo. If you like the couple, 'Callan Bridge' by Cillian & Niall Vallely is a must. Some of the tunes in this album are included in my everyday practice. Edit: apart from this, but Tejedor is one of a kind:
  11. Same to me. I began to play with a Stagi with Wheatstone layout & then bought a Morse with the Jeffries one. I think having the two C# is a lot better for alternative phrasing. Cheers, FEr
  12. Fotos, quiero fotos!!

    Un saludo,


  13. Indeed, that's one of the alternatives sugested by Mick Bramich in his book. Anyway, I've tried to 'triplet' or 'roll' a LHS note with a RHS one - anyone -. At enough speed, you can't tell the real pitch of it. Edited to write: Took me a while to realise tht there's not reason for to carbon copy the phrasing, articulation & ornamentation of my fidlle tunes on concertina. It'a a totally different beast, so I do add or suppress certain things when it comes to be played in the box Cheers, Fer
  14. The renowned phantom button! I play it this way: - Play, say, the F# in the LHS - release it - Play it again - Tap anywere in the RHS -- i use the middle finger, but think index can do, too -. - Release the note in the LHS With enough speed and practice, you get a sound like a triplet. I've only managed to do it with my right had, but there are folk around able to do it with both hands... Cheers, Fer
  15. Very interesting. In the north of Spain - particularly Galicia - and in the XVII - XVIII centuries blind musicians used to be fiddlers or, more commonly, hurdy gurdy players, travelling usually with a child that both guided them and collected the money. Precisely because of that, hurdy gurdy (zanfona, in spanish) has long beea a dismissed instrument in traditional music and only recently has been re-discovered and got again its status. Cheers, Fer
  16. 'Don't try it. Do it or don't do it ,but don't try it' ( Master Yoda ) Of course any kind of concertina is going to drive you crazy. You've only to read some of the posts in the forum for to realize the degree of insanity in this comunity. And now, seriously: I play anglo and find it a lot more rewarding instument than, say; fiddle - my main instrument - or flute, or any of the other ones used in irish trad. music. Just push a button and sounds in tune. Then, of course, you've to memorize where the notes are. How? Playing tunes ad nauseam. Then, a day you'll play a tune that never played before, but your fingers & ears, in some way, 'guess' where to go. You can learn to read music, but isn't strictly necessary. I'm a very slow reader, but have a look to the tunebooks from time to time; not for to know wich notes to play in a certain tune, but the ones you SHOULDN'T play. That's the way it works for me. Welcome. Cheers, Fer
  17. Hi, Dick. Please, tell them about the lovely spanish sun - just in case... -. Cheers, Fer
  18. Indeed, was composed by Rory Dall. Kautilya, the score of Breizh Partitions seems to be in D, and always I've heard this tune played in G... I think John Wild's abc's are more accurate. This is, too, an easy peasy tune for anglo beginners - mind the F natural! -. By the way, IMHO the best program around for to manage abc files: http://abcnavigator.free.fr/abcnvgt.php?lang=eng Cheers, Fer
  19. If I'm not mistaken, the UK (which is ostensibly in the EU) has the world's highest per capita system of public surveillance cameras. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. I live in a country that still has terrorism from more than 40 years ago, and still don't look under my car every morning to see if anyone has attached a bomb... and that was scaring frequent some years ago. I think that tragedy seems to be less tragical to people when it happens everyday. I mean, people gets accustomend to that. So maybe this issue makes me LESS paranoid about. Cheers, Fer
  20. I´m glad I´m in the EU & we don´t have to stand this paranoia YET...
  21. Hi everybody. Just at home after the session. I understand all of you, it's 2:00 in the morning and probably there still would be people playing at the session in the pub - it closes at 3:50 -. Please, don't misunderstand me. I LOVE to play irish music - dance and not dance - in a good, relaxed mood; but younger people forces you to play too fast for to be beatiful. I can not complain because I was the same at their age, but sometimes I'd like to play in another way... that only happens when the grumpy old irish men in Madrid join this grumpy old spaniard... Well, stuff enough for another thread! BTW, my Morse sounded lovely tonight, playing a very slow hornpipe. I feel very happy. All the best, Fer
  22. Honestly, in an instrument over 4,000 quid I wouldn't give a monkey hoot about. Cheers, Fer
  23. This post is becoming another 'can/can't be played Irish music with english concertina' . I'm pretty convinced that irish music can be played on ANY instrument with enough range, is more likely depending of the skills and taste of the musician. Play a tune for me in other instrument that is not any of the traditionaly associated to ITM and I'll tell you if sounds awful or great. On the other hand, everybody knew that irish music couldn't be played on guitar, or even bouzouki, both evil foreign instruments; and the great O'Riada pested about the button accordion,... well, time proved them all wrong. And changing subject, all of us know that slow airs and O'Carolan's are irish music, but they're not indeed the main corpus of ITM, but the dance music. Cheers, Fer
  24. My repertoire is, at the moment, irish tunes transplanted from my fiddle playing and some shy scottish tries - A major is still a pain on the neck on tina, opossed to fiddle -. I would be delighted if I could learn some english music, but it seems that my skills for harmony are none so I'm happy with the music I misstreat - I mean, try to play - and trying to get the best of it. No need to say that I love bot Irish and English music - maybe because they're different enough - but can only play one and hear to the other. Well, I supose you cannot have everything... Cheers, Fer
  25. Great lines. I forgot to add the last post that there are tunes I've been playing since I begun with irish music & I didn't play them the same way 15 than 10 than 5 years ago than yesterday - big session -. I think that, as long as the way you play a certain tune evolves with you, you're always re-learning it - not to talk, of course, about transplanting the tunes from an instrument to another - Cheers, Fer
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