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Rod Thompson

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About Rod Thompson

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 02/14/1950

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    Live theatre, sailing, concertina (naturally), sea music, bush music, maritime history.
  • Location
    Kangaroo Point, Qld, Australia
  1. Rod Thompson

    Astounding Thought

    But there are 256 ways to play the scale on the English C on the draw or C on the push, D on the draw or D on the push etc - 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 256 As for the Duet - in the crossover octave 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x etc So the Anglo is really quite simple!
  2. Rod Thompson

    Wilde Concertina

    I didn't see this production, but a friend reviewed it (not this review). Did anyone see it? and did she play the 'tina? https://monstagigz.com/2018/01/13/theatre-review-lady-windermeres-fan-starring-samantha-spiro-jennifer-saunders/
  3. I don't know the Edgley, but can say that when I moved from a Lachenal to a Suttner, I found it easier to play fast. The other thing I found was it was easier to play LOUD - what needed some work was to play fast and quiet at the same time - I still have trouble there. Fast bellows reversals tend to lead to higher pressure on the bellows in my experience. The Suttner has a big dynamic range - the reeds can speak very softly, but they can also shout.
  4. Rod Thompson

    Concertinas In Literature

    Great writing!
  5. This is clearly a challenge. I have begun to commence an textural analytical study of the rules, and of all the known and unknown modifications both in this forum and in all other games played anywhere else in the world. I am using a neural network, and a rule generator that feeds the results to an ontological processor and an fairly standard inference engine. The processing has begin, and early results can be expected on 25th Jul 2097 at 11:15am Brisbane time. Be aware, this game is doomed to computerisation!! Meantime, I will be at LEYTONSTONE .
  6. Rod Thompson

    Concertinas In Literature

    Not such a good description IMHO: From "Australia Felix”, the first book in the trilogy “The Fortunes of Richard Mahony” by Henry Handel Richardson (Edith Richardson). Set in Ballarat, during the gold rush of the 1850’s, but written in 1917. “The only sound was that of a man’s voice singing Oft in the Stilly Night, to the yetching accompaniment of a concertina.”
  7. At least he is smiling - no concertina-face
  8. Rod Thompson

    Record Price For A Concertina?

    Yes - I'll be in that - I am willing to beat Geoff's record at £7.50.
  9. 1. Only in one case - the Staten Island hornpipe (in D). In the second part there are two C naturals (supposed to sound like steam boat whistles). I play them down to the lowest C natural. It brings an interesting reaction in the session, because no-one knows where the sound is coming from. (But as to whether it is worthwhile keeping the note for just this gimmick - probably not). 2. Not often really.
  10. "ear on the fly" ? Do flies have ears?
  11. Why not just print up a Hayden on a 3D printer?
  12. I have directed a musical version of James Joyce's "The Dead" for our community theatre group, and we needed chordal accompaniment for some of the songs to back up flute, fiddle and piano. (http://villanovaplayers.com/index.php) Because it is set in Dublin in 1904, the concertina seemed appropriate, but I couldn't play it myself (as director - I just had too much to do). So, I passed my old Lachenal Crane duet on to one of the actors, with some very brief instructions on how to play basic chords, and he taught himself. He is now accompanying several of the songs, and sounding very good. I suspect that what he is doing is what so many of the Sally Army concertina players were doing a hundred or so years ago.
  13. I have a siren and bird whistle on my Lachenal Crane
  14. Rod Thompson

    Crane Duet System Concertina

    Don't forget all the "one finger chords" on a Crane. Press any white button except B and the button directly below it, and you have an inversion of the major or minor of that note. E.g. A: the note below is E, so the chord is A or Am. OK so the middle note is missing, but being able to play: C, Cm, D, Dm, E, Em etc, at the "touch of a button", and without much thought is really helpful. (Probably this is also true of Maccann, but using the button above the chord name button).
  15. Nearly twenty years ago I was playing the part of Dixon (the drover) in a community theatre production of "Reedy River" (by Dick Diamond). I was also playing the mouth organ in that play. The director (who was also my wife) said that it would be better if I played the concertina, and why didn't we just get one from a second hand shop and learn to play. So simple! Anyway, all the junk shops said "we usually have one or two, but none at the moment", but at the same time I found out that an anglo was just a couple of mouth organs with bellows attached, so we persevered. Eventually we found a beat up old Scholler, and I got it playing. I was very pleased to be able to play "The Springtime it Brings on the Shearing" almost immediately, but unfortunately by then the play was well and truly over. I have been playing ever since.