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  1. Sebastian


    If you read german, you might be interested in the Höselbarth-Anweisung (I learned to play by it) and maybe in my Konzertina spielen lernen.
  2. Yes. It hast two reeds per note, tuned (more or less) an octave apart.
  3. I disagree. I think the difference in sound between the G row in your example and the G row in my example is quite clear. The G row on a CG 20 button concertina is not always "quite squeaky" and doesn't have to be.
  4. No, it isn't, I disagree. Compare for example this version of the Marino Waltz. I did play it on the G-row of a C/G 20 button concertina. The melody runs up to the high g, but I wouldn't describe it as "squeaky".
  5. Sebastian

    Scholer Concertina

    Scholer concertinas are GDR-made two-row concertinas (different notes on push and pull). They can be single-reeded or double-reeded. Some are triple-reeded in the low register (to increase responsiveness). Usually the number of bellows sections indicate the number of reeds per note. The older ones have wooden levers, the newer metal ones. I myself use a double-reedet somewhat later Scholer concertina with limited button travel, labeled "Silvetta", from the now defunct company. I am happy with it. You can find some playing examples on my YT-channel.
  6. Yes, you need an c# when the tune modulates into D major (normally from G major). The most elegant solution for this would be to obtain a G/D concertina, if you don't have the option to transpose the tune from G major to C major. (There are other uses for c#, but I rarely encounter them.)
  7. I suppose you need the C# for playing melodies in D major. The easiest solution would be to get a concertina in D/G. But do you really need to play in D major? If you don't play together with other instruments, you could simply transpose the melodies to a tonality, you can easily play in, that is C major or G major.
  8. Sebastian

    Music Genres-Concertina Type?

    I tend to think that the instrument you play is the instrument best suited to play whatever genre you want to play. I play a german 20 button concertina, and I play (always with harmonies) french chansons like "Non, je ne regrette rien", Seekers-songs from the 60's, medieval sequentiae & conductus, movie soundtracks (e. g. Pirates of the Caribbean) or techno hits from the 90's like "Barbie Girl" form Aqua &c. Let not the instrument decide what you play, but let the instrument play what you decide to play.
  9. Sebastian

    German Speaking Detailed Web Page

    Daniel, yes, I thought about the 20-button concertina. (Incidentally, I came back from Carlsfeld today. ) What kind of concertina do you play?
  10. Sebastian

    German Speaking Detailed Web Page

    Hi, John! Could you go a bit more into detail on this subject? What is the 'typical German playing style'? I mean, the concertina is not a widespread instrument in Germany and there is no specific german concertina playing tradition. But I guess your remark was a bit more about general playing style. I'd like to hear your thoughts about the matter, because you have both the perspective from the outside and the insight from the inside.
  11. Sebastian

    Anyone Playing German Folk Tunes On A C/g Anglo?

    I do. But not on an Anglo, but on a 20 button concertina.
  12. Please pardon my cumbersome English, but what charming and gifted persons you two are! Thank you for stopping by in Berlin.
  13. Ay! I haven't been on concertina.net for a year or so. And now I see that Adrian is playing right this evening in my very own town. What a nice surprise! Last time I heard him in 2010. (Where is this st$#* Kammermusiksaal Friedenau? ) Edit: Oh, I see. Quite posh, actually.