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  1. 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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    Anyone Playing German Folk Tunes On A C/g Anglo?

    I do. But not on an Anglo, but on a 20 button concertina.
  5. Please pardon my cumbersome English, but what charming and gifted persons you two are! Thank you for stopping by in Berlin.
  6. 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.
  7. Sebastian

    Scandinavian Squeeze-In 2016

    I would like to travel to Scania. But I don't think there will be much interest on 20-button concertinas. Hence I'm afraid I would be rather out of place there.
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    Bandoneon / Bandonica In Victorian Luton

    On bandonion info there is a nice gallery with pictures and information about german concertinas and banodnions from ca. 1830 onwards.
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    Bandoneon / Bandonica In Victorian Luton

    It's not clear (from this photography) if it is a bandonion or not.
  10. Sebastian

    Puppchen, Du Bist Mein Augenstern

    One thing I don't understand about the 30 button layout is that the lowest button of the G-row doesn't play the fundamental of the G chord on the push nor the fundamental of the D chord on the pull. It kind of works, because it still plays a note from the chord, but not the fundamental. When I play this song, the melody stays on the right-hand side. To play the melody on a 20 button concertina I had to modify the melody quite heavily. For example, I had to transpose the B section up a fifth. (Therefore I provided a link to the original version, too.) I came up with this version: (Everything after the sign is to be played one octave higher, but I don't know how to notate 8va in ABC.)
  11. I tried to send a message to Bill N., member of this forum, but recieved the information that he "cannot recieve any new message." What can I do to contact him now?
  12. Hello, I don't know many other concertina players, and those I do know play different kinds of music on the concertina than I do. So I can't realy compare my playing. Therefore I decided to make a recording, put it onto Youtube and invite you to comment on it. Maybe you could refer me to players who play in a similar style? https://youtu.be/Mylmiqjrknw ( is an original recording from 1913.)
  13. Sebastian

    All I Want For Christmas Is A Concertina

    Martin Döring is a german concertina player. He is the owner of the german concertina forum. It is located at http://konzertina.org. Alas, since two or three months he has problems with his hoster, so the adress currently doesn't work. But, if you want, I could point him to this thread.
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    Tune Of The Month, June 2015: Vedder Michel

    Not to my surprise, with this cheerful video supporting it... Yes. We never did a german tune as TOTM on Melnet. Therefore I looked for a catchy tune together with a charming clip. (I had to search for quite a long time.) I suggested Vetter Michel for TOTM of May, but than it lost against Harlequin Air (which is in fact a real lovely tune). But in June it got elected. It is a well-known tune originally from Mecklenburg in northern Germany and dates form the late 18. century. Here is a video where my Concertina tutor Rainer Schwarz plays the melodeon:
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    Tunes From The "dahlhoff" Collection

    I downloaded the Dahlhoff collection some time ago. I wonder: Is there anywhere a central point of information about the collection? Something like www.dahlhoff.net where abc transcriptions of the tunes are offered and biographical and paleographic information is collected? Until now I know only about dispersed bits here and there.