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    Traditional Irish Music
    Anglo Concertina
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  1. eskin

    New Edgley Concertina

    I'm now the proud owner of Tom Lawrence's A/E. It's still an absolute gem.
  2. eskin

    Wanted: A/E Anglo

    I'm looking for a nice A/E tuned Anglo to play along with Uilleann pipes tuned in B. I believe Frank Edgley made a few of these, anyone possibly have one for sale?
  3. Uh, this: http://www.tradlessons.com/MIDIHayden.html hooked up to my “Celtic Sounds” sound module: Celtic Sounds MIDI Module by Michael Eskin https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/celtic-sounds-midi-module/id1403026032?mt=8 :-)
  4. Probably “The Golden Eagle” hornpipe...
  5. eskin

    Concertina Bow Arm

    I would expect the anchoring requirement for English would be complete different and unrelated to Anglo. My comments/suggetstions only apply to Anglo played in the Irish style.
  6. eskin

    Concertina Bow Arm

    Playing some tunes last night, I was thinking about this thread. For the majority of trad Irish tunes I’m using primarily two fingers on the right side but all four fingers all the time on the left side. It makes sense to me to have the most stability on the side that does most of the work.
  7. eskin

    Concertina Bow Arm

    I think it’s because with his scale patterns the majority of notes used in Irish traditional tunes are played on the left side, combined with the air button being on the right. I’ll have to ask him next time I see him.
  8. eskin

    Concertina Bow Arm

    I've played Anglo for about 12 years now, based on Noel's methodology after attending his workshops several times from the very start of learning the instrument. I'm a left-side anchor, right side "bow hand" player, with one of the instrument left side corner points on the inside of my left leg. One enhancement I've made on his left side anchoring, and probably related to that I also play the Uilleann pipes where we use a leather "popping strap" on the leg to seal the bottom of the chanter, is to use a piece of leather on my left leg (about 8" square) to keep the left side from sliding around on my pants. I don't know why everyone doesn't do this. It absolutely keeps the instrument from slipping around and is very comfortable. With the leather square in place, I can remove my left hand from the instrument and it will not move on a push. The goal is to absolutely minimize the tension and energy in the left arm that one might waste stabilizing the instrument. I find it allows me greater accuracy and speed on the left side as well. It's also a lot more comfortable to use the leather if you're wearing shorts. I handed out a bunch of these a few years ago to the other students at Noel's West Coast workshop. All the rhythm and dynamics are done with my right arm. The only energy in my left arm is stabilizing the instrument on a pull. I also use my right little finger against the right side (something else I see Noel do at times and that he recommended to me) to provide additional right side stability to insure symmetrical and parallel bellows pushes without rotation about the right side center axis if unstabilized. Without the pinky stabilization, it's very easy to have the top of the bellows tilt in on a push as a result of the right thumb energy against the hand rail while the bottom which is unsupported tilts out. The two motions end up canceling each other out, essentially creating a zero pressure change for a fraction of a second and result in slower and less efficient and precise playing. I spent a lot of time working with Noel on fixing this early defect in my technique. I have some early videos on YouTube of tunes I posted before I fixed this issue in later workshops with Noel, it's almost embarrassing now to watch them, the top tilt on push was so bad. Additionally, if you watch Noel's playing in detail from many angles, you will also see that he puts a little inside bow in the bellows which provides additional stability and efficiency, along with almost a lifting motion when closing the bellows. Think of a Slinky (i.e. an instrument with very supple bellows). If you hold it straight across with no bend it will just sag and wobble unpredictably when pressed or pulled. Put the tiniest bit of a bow in the arc of the Slinky and now it moves much more predictably and with total control. I'm a huge advocate for Noel's playing methodology and ergonomics, they absolutely work for me. Everything he does, he does for a reason and, if you ask, he will tell you exactly why. Everything is about control and precision, and having a solid platform and absolutely rock-steady and predictable bellows motion is critical to play quickly and accurately. Now, could this all be done with right side anchoring? I don't know. Noel's techniques and ergonomic choices work well for me so that's what I advocate and teach.
  9. I think a screen protector modified with holes for the buttons the would be your best option for providing tactile feedback..
  10. Regarding the hitting wrong buttons, an enthusiastic fan of my Chromatic Accordion MIDI controller app made an clear overlay for his iPad with holes cut out for the buttons. He's able to play quite reliably without constantly looking at the iPad this way, it's pretty amazing.
  11. Anyone with an iPad who plays Hayden layout concertina interested in doing a demo video of my new Hayden-based MIDI controller for the iPad? In exchange I will give you a free copy of the app and gift you a copy of the Roland Sound Canvas iOS app. I don't play the the Hayden system and any demo I try to do will be pretty simplistic. You need to have a relatively recent iPad running iOS 10.0 or later.
  12. Using this app, for example, you can run the Roland Sound Canvas or other iOS CoreMIDI-compliant synth apps on the iPad, and then play them using your Hayden concertina skills rather than a keyboard, all on the same iPad. MIDITinaXL is the equivalent app for English Concertina, MIDIAngloXL for Anglo.
  13. Hi y'all, As is my practice, I've released "MIDIHayden", a standalone MIDI controller version of my 53-button Hayden Concertina app for iPad. https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/midihayden-control-surface/id375667582?ls=1&mt=8 If you already had purchased the iPad "iJammer" MIDI controller app, which was discontinued about 3 years ago, you will get this app for free. Enjoy! Michael Description from the iTunes App Store: MIDIHayden is a 53-button Hayden Concertina CoreMIDI control surface for the iPad. MIDIHayden doesn't produce any sound on its own, it is for playing hardware or software VST-style MIDI synthesizers via CoreMIDI hardware interfaces connected to the dock connector or virtual MIDI instruments running on your device such as my "Celtic Sounds" MIDI sound module app. The layout is based on the full 53-button R. Morse Beaumont with the addition of an extra D# on the LHS. This makes it possible to play all of the commonly available Hayden concertina variations on the app. IMPORTANT: Since you may want to play chord with four or more fingers on the screen at the same time, before playing, disable "Multitasking Gestures" on your iPad (in the Settings app, under the General section, turn the Multitasking Gestures switch to the off position). To play, simply touch the buttons. Buttons light up when playing. Multiple buttons may be touched at the same time to play chords. You may slide between the buttons. Touch the '?' icon to show the note names for each button. Touch the MIDI connector icon to show the MIDI controls. You may select the volume, MIDI channel, attack velocity, and semitone transposition (+/- 12). Use the "MIDI Port" switch to choose between "Omni" sending MIDI data to all CoreMIDI apps or "Virtual Port" sending to a named CoreMIDI virtual output port. When the "Virtual Port option is selected, MIDIHayden will show up as an input option in apps that support virtual ports like Sonosaurus ThumbJam. "Omni" mode is selected by default. All MIDI settings are saved when MIDIHayden quits and restored the next time it is run. Touch the '!' icon at the upper left to quiet any "stuck" notes if they occur. Thank you to Don Taylor for the graphics! Icon image based on a beautiful R. Morse Beaumont Hayden Concertina
  14. The update to fix the octave issue on the iPhone version was approved by Apple and should now be available. Might take a few hours to propagate to all the App Store servers.