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Steve Mansfield

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    Heavyweight Boxer
  • Birthday 07/02/1962

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    Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire

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  1. Good luck finding a new owner and best wishes for your retirement. I love my Geordie baritone EC and it would be a real shame to see them going out of production
  2. I was part of the live audience for this and got a lot from it. I’m still doing my homework several weeks later!
  3. Musescore will export in musicxml format, and EasyAbc (for one, no doubt other apps will do the same) will import musicxml and convert it to abc for you
  4. RAc has providede good support already, but no don’t use phantom power on your Microvox! If you’re not getting sufficient gain I’d look into your sound card settings first, but also consider getting a USB interface (I use a Focusrite Scarlett Solo with excellent quality results).
  5. A change of bellows direction can be used to give the note a bit more attack or separation from the previous note, so can be used as a driver of the rhythm or pulse of the tune you are playing. As an exercise try playing a piece you already know, but changing bellows direction at the start of every bar. Then try it again changing at every half-bar, then again playing it in one direction for as long as possible and only changing direction when the bellows, rather than the pulse of the music, make you. All of the above are valid ways of playing, the musicality and expre
  6. Welcome to the forum Ciaran. I got my 50(!) key Wheatstone EC from your Dad a couple of years ago and really enjoyed my morning playing loads of boxes before deciding on the perfect one. Great to see Barleycorn continuing and, when we’re all allowed out again, hope to see you at a festival sometime. Don't worry about putting the occasional general message about the business up, it’s a good way to keep the community informed.
  7. I’m working on a church harmonium-style arrangement of one of our songs on the Morse baritone EC. I might post a sound file when I’m done - though i say it myself, its coming on nicely!
  8. I play chordal accompaniments on my Morse Geordie, and although you have to put some thought into bellows direction I rarely run out of puff. The Geordie also has an air button in place of the top b, which can be useful in ‘leaking’ a bit more air into the bellows - but can also catch you out if you transfer a tune from treble that goes up that far, and instead of a top note you get a breath of air!
  9. Chapeau! That’s really good, thanks for posting. I do like concertina reed trebles playing with accordion reeded baritones ...
  10. Did someone take you up on this or can I buy it off you?
  11. Very very old thread - but has anyone got a copy of Phil Hopkinson’s book that they would be willing to part with, or any idea how to get hold of a copy? My EC chording is stuck in a rut and this sounds like the perfect inspiration!
  12. The book is very well produced, nicely laid out with a very readable music font, and small descriptions of the origin of each tune. Best of all it lies flat on a music stand or desktop so is very easy to use and play from. The tunes are notated with the melody plus chord letters; to be greedy, it might have been nice to have had one or two full concertina parts transcribed as an example. Well worth getting for the dots from Meanders and the definitive version of other tunes of Rob’s, finishing with a few pages of versions or rearrangements of traditional tunes. Excellent stuff.
  13. But if you’ve got a, er, mixed ability set in front of you, do you play to the best dancer, or the worst, or ... I try to aim at the middle. If I get roughly equal complaints that it was too slow and too fast, I reckon I’ve done a good day’s playing
  14. The Eurosession I go to uses dots (although off-piste is not discouraged) as this is a good way to allow people who aren’t that confident with the balfolk and Scandi repertoire to get involved and discover the joys of this music. This can lead to a bit of parallel playing rather than playing together, but usually works quite well. a standard English music session I would hope to work without dots to let the musicians interact with and listen to each other - the joy of a session for me is when the group works as one by listening and reacting to each other, rather than the dreaded pa
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