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  1. The third setting for this tune on thesession.org looks off to me. I'm OK with the first two settings, but the third seems to me to be written in A (that is, most everything has been moved up a step so I'd expect the C's to be sharped) but its sheet music and ABC indicate it as G Major with C naturals. I'm not real familiar with the site but it appears to me that the sheet music might be generated off the ABC on demand rather than stored as displayed.


    That third setting appears to have been posted for five years without anyone questioning it, so it leads me to wonder whether the key indicated is incorrect and no one questioned it or if someone actually plays it as written with C naturals? Admittedly I don't get out to many sessions so maybe I've just missed hearing this approach, but I've tried it as written and don't like the outcome.


    I'm not a member there by the way, and don't know that joining to suggest something is wrong on the site would be good form.




    Any opinions on that third setting?

    From reading the comments on that thread, the third version of the tune is a transcription of Mairead ni Mhaonaigh playing it in the enclosed video. The key is wrong in the ABC, but apart from that the transcription is ok.


    Fearfeasog: I went to a teacher (whose qualifications are sterling), told her that I was struggling with the key of A major, and was given a version of Joe Cassidy's similar to this one: http://thesession.org/tunes/7938 That took a lot of time to get right, but my high G# was much steadier in all other tunes after that. Today they are flowing nicely (I play Jeffries layout and would use a pull A on the G-row with the G# (middle finger / ring finger)).

    I find deciding which A to use with my LHS G# more of a challenge. So my tip (as other contributors)is to give the hard parts a lot of mileage. If you can learn to alternate between pull A and push A with the G# on the RHS, well, you can do both, and will have more room to roam. Good luck!

  2. After playing (fumbling really) on a couple of cheapies (Hohner, Fontalini(?) and Stagi) I took the leap onto a Morse Ceili 4 or 5 years ago. I played it an awful lot, as I was working after the 1000-hours principle. I bought a lovely Jeffries 38 from Chris Algar 2 1/2 years ago, and at last my Suttner 38 was collected in February. The Jeffries is temporarily going away for a full restoration (hopefully this year) so I think I am all good for the decades to come :)

  3. Hi,

    as a reschooled fiddle player, I would tend to want to play all the tunes I know (on the fiddle), regardless of register.

    I was hedgy about until my first concertina lesson (in Clare) where the second tune taught was "The Green Fields of Glentown".

    Tunes like Jackson's (La Cosa Mulligan), Maudabawn Chapel, The Silver Spire, McGlinchey's HP (Across the fence), The Cedars of Lebanon and Master Seamus where soon enough put on the repertoire. My approach is simply to practice the "new" (or "illogical") patterns on the LS ad nauseum. The first bar of the second part of the Silver Spire is a great excercise in "bass dexterity".

    Doug: Thanks for relaying Mr. Vallely's tip about easing pressure.

  4. Not sure where to put this, as there is mention of repairs, but I'd say the history bit is the most important.

    The man interviewed (80 yrs old) tells about his mother who was one of the "unknown concertina players of Clare" at the time.

    Interview starts around 1:22:00 into the show.


    If this doesn't work, go to http://clare.fm, click on Sounds->Trad Music and choose "Wednesday 13th October".


    Note, these podcasts are only available for a week, so download if you want to revisit:-)

  5. I have the Foinn Seisun CD1, not the book. I have played along with it a few times through, and it is absolutely a good tool for, well, playing along to. With the books I'd say it'll be worth your while:-)


    I agree with most things said above, and would like to add two albums, Dympna O'Sullivan's "Bean Chairdin" and Sean O'Dwyer's "Irish Traditional Concertina from Beara".


    In my experience playing along to recordings is the second best thing. I have also had good experience with the Amazing Slow Downer for picking up new tunes.


    Good luck!

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