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  1. An English! miniature concertina! and Wheatstone! I'm going to join the bidding! Fernando
  2. Cherry and I were there last night, and again this afternoon, for the sessions and also to meet up with Bill Crossland. Chris Droney was playing in Bofey Quinn's last night, though his lovely music was spoilt for me by a couple of musicians on loud instruments (other than concertinas!) It's a pity we didn't get to meet up as I had a lovely metal-ended Wheatstone English with me, that I've just repaired for a Swiss lady who I thought was going to be there. I'm sure you would have liked to see it. I've known Michael since we were both in London, years ago. He's a powerful flute player from the spa town of Lisdoonvarna, where the sulphur well is situated. It's a pity I didn't see you there Stephen! I was there only for the workshops and then I went to the sessions, they were packed! I couldn't play, but I could drink! I was chatting with the other students in the workshops. Suddendly I realised that the Corofin bus only comes during the summer! and I had to go quickly to hichhike before it got too dark. And guess who gave me a lift! JJ Conway! very nice man! I didn't know of him before going to the festival, I saw him in the festival leaflet, in the Hall Of Fame for this year, and suddendly I got to know him personally! we had a nice talk in the way to Ennis. And Its a pity a didn't see that concertina! I'm always playing the metal ended I have, it is the one I brought to the festival. I've realised recently that It is easier to play the sharp notes in this concertina in comparison with the wooden ended, the sharp notes are a bit hard to play in that one. Maybe this is because the metal ended it's heavier.
  3. I just came now from Corofin. It was lovely! nice workshops. I was assigned to the intermediate level, the teacher was Jack Talty, very good teacher. Very technical, giving all the details for every tune: the key, all notes in ABC, ornamentation explained on the ABC and all the fingering. He told us good stories about music, and he even played at the end old recordings on his laptop. He taught us one tune in F Major, thats very uncommon to see in a workshop, I liked it very much. That was for me the best tune, it was the Masons Apron version of Micho Russell transposed to F Major. The other two were one jig very uncommon, he told us half joking that we are not going to listen it again; the name of this jig is The Old Sulphur Well, and it was composed by the west Clare flute player Michael Hynes. And the last tune was a common tune in sessions: The Mother and Child (Reel). It was good fun! I will keep going to these workshops from time to time, they are good! Fernando
  4. No problem Chris! this festival looks good, with a few concertina teachers. This is the fifth concertina workshop I'm going to attend in a festival. This is going to be a bigger festival than the previous ones I went, with more concertina players, and my first one in County Clare! I will post to this thread how the workshop was. So far the best workshop for me has been the one with Tim Collins in Gort Festival of 2010. ¡Adiós! Fernando
  5. Nice story Michael! I love all these stories about the Spanish Civil War. There are stories in my family as well, but there is no music at all! there were not musicians in my family that I know of... and there were plenty of people, 7 brothers has my father and 11 my mother... even my grandfather from the side of my mother used the word "musician" as an insult! Fernando
  6. Ladies and gentlemen! Concertina Workshops in a trad festival in County Clare! Here is the link: http://www.corofintradfest.com/Workshops.aspx I'm going to go, and I would like to meet someone from this forum, specially the English System concertina players. hasta la vista! Fernando
  7. Thanks for all that explanation David! it's a pity that I don't play the Anglo, I play the English system! In the system I play, if I play in the usual keys they play in Irish music, I don't have to worry about which buttons I have to press, because I don't have repetitions of the same note in both sides. But I do have to worry about which fingers I have to use to play these notes. I said that because I know it's perfectly possible to do what your friend does, but I couldn't give you any indication. But I can see that you already have it! good! now it's me who has to discover it Keep up the good playing! and enjoy your journey! Fernando
  8. Can't really take credit for writing them, since I just copied and pasted from the Morris Ring site...one thing you could do for learning a tune in ABC, as these are, by ear is copy and paste the ABC notation into the Tune-O-Tron ABC Convert-O-Matic (follow the links from the c.net main page, or click here); one of the options after you hit "submit" is to play it as a midi file. As for the time signature: both of these versions are in 6/8--that is, six beats per measure, one beat being an eighth note/quaver/corchea--except for one measure that has only three beats. Joshua Very nice Joshua! I tried the Tune-O-Tron before but it didn't work, but now it does! this is a very useful tool to me! I can understand now what happens with the "change in the time signature" I was wondering about, it's that bar that you say it has only three beats. Now I remember one story that they told me about Asturian music: it happens sometimes for some tunes that when a part ends in a note and the beginning of the next part starts from the same note, then the pick up notes "disappear" making the tune shorter, and changing the rhythm for that particular measure. This is the same! and it is the first time I see an example of this! I've been playing this tune today, I'm going to put chords to this tune, but "my chords": they are made with the same notes but one octave lower, and sometimes I keep this lower note for a few beats. This is what I'm doing for the moment with the chords, in the future I will try to experiment and try to look for alternative notes. Thanks Joshua! Good luck! Fernando
  9. Thanks jdms! but I go completely by ear, I don't understand well all these things that you write, someday I have to start working on it, mainly because of the chords, I find it very difficult to get them by ear. I'm interested in the measuring of the rhythm because I combine it with my ear to get all the tunes. And you wrote 3/8? I didn't know that one! Fernando
  10. I'm subscribed to the youtuber angloconc, I wonder if he is a member of this forum. Anyway, I have a question about the last video he uploaded. A lovely Morris dance tune. The tune is this one: I'm interested in knowing about the measure of this, specially the second part. I think the first part is 12/8 + 12/8. And the second 12/8 + 9/8 + 12/8 + 12/8. Am I right? I love this tunes with changes in the time signature! Fernando
  11. I love this tune! The version I have always in mind is this one: Does anybody feel like recording this tune in a video and post it to this thread? Fernando
  12. He is really good! If I were you I would try to learn a few things from him: - When he makes those pauses in the tune, he is giving energy to the tune. I've seen Noel Hill doing that, it can be done. - At the end of the video he does again the playing of the tune in a lower octave using alternative notes. We can do it in our concertinas, we have the same notes! our lowest note is the same as his lowest note. I don't know about the fingering in the Anglo though... I don't know how to do any of this things, yet! I see that you talk about your playing in the years to come. I think the same! this is a journey, a long journey to who knows where, but with lots of fun all the way through! Fernando
  13. Very nice David! People should post more videos, for me the videos are the best. We can learn a lot and share many views and comments. First tune: The first notes sound funny, never heard that version. But I like it! Second tune: Never heard that reel, I like the end of the first part! Third tune: your friend is really good, I think that when he is playing the whole tune in the lower octave, there are a few notes that are too low for the fiddle and he is playing other notes that go well with the tune. That's really difficult to do! and it can be done in the concertina as well, also very difficult, one day I'm going to try it! I can see that you can keep with your friend very well David, the two of you playing make very nice music. It's a pity that I cannot listen the concertina on its own, I hope you record yourself playing someday. Don't mind about the mistakes, I always do some in all my videos. That's the advantage of sharing the music with other musicians, they are going to understand the music you are playing even if you make mistakes. And you are right David, all it's a journey! Fernando
  14. And another player with the same way of playing the English Concertina: He's good! it looks like he's doing exactly the same as Simon Thoumire Fernando
  15. Hola amigos! I'm going to go to this event: Letterfrack Trad Festival to see the details you have to click in the link that is with the name "Taréis na Féile Bríde Feb 4th - 6th 2011 " I'm going to the concertina workshops only. The teacher is Michelle Mulcahy, from the Mulcahy family from Limerick. I would love to see anybody from this forum there! I know I won't be alone, here in Galway there are always little girls attending to the concertina workshops in these festivals. They are incredible, many of them have not yet left the school and have a very high level of playing! Fernando
  16. What you said there is the story of my life David! I play the tin whistle in sessions here in Galway and the concertina at home. I will never bring the concertina to a session. There is no way I'm going to play the concertina at the same speed they play in the sessions. At one time I had the dream of playing at the same speed as they do. I got to do it with the tin whistle (I recognise that not with a perfect ornamentation). And I came to the conclusion that it is not as good as I thought, I even got tired of it. I'm still going from time to time. But to tell you the truth, when I really enjoy music is when I play my concertina at home, learning tunes that people play in internet, people like me playing in their houses. And to play the tin whistle sometimes can be more difficult than the concertina! depending on the tunes... because if you have to make middle holes in the tin whistle, the thing becomes really tricky... and tunes with low notes like many fiddle tunes are really hard as well, you have to use some notes from the higher octave, in the concertina you have all those notes.
  17. Here you are the tune as promised! I hope the speed is better now... I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to get this perfect now. What I usually do is to leave the tune for other day. But I wanted to record it! then I leave it as it is. Because I was getting tired of this tune, and god knows when I'm going to play it again... If I get very tired of one tune, It can be long time after I play it again... but I had a good practise of these two keys! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6B5PzNnbNg This is an English System Concertina eeeeeeeh! my Jacinta! no more no less! Fernando
  18. For sure you can Danny! I love your style of playing chords! you play the chords to the tunes in the way I like the most Danny I take that as a compliment Tona! that's what I'm trying to do, to use the bellows like an Anglo. Wait till I post the slower version of the Gardener's Delight to this thread, I'm going to push the change of direction to the limit! almost one change for every note, for the sake of experimenting a bit... We have to do this more often, we choose a tune, and everybody plays it! If they are compositions from members of this forum, so much the better! Fernando
  19. I am surprised, Fernando, given your good command of English, that you have difficulty understanding explanations in writing. And, yes, perhaps you could travel to England sometime to come to a Folk Festival to which some Concertina.net members who play the English system, are also attending. And then we can all swap notes, so to speak, about our playing. I understand what you mean by the system of "triangules", as you put it. Using, or placing 3 fingers on separate buttons in different rows, at once, on one end of an EC concertina, seems to resemble a triangle. To sum up more succinctly what I was saying in my earlier post, is that each row on an EC, normally has one particularly finger dedicated to it, the general exception being the first two rows nearest the thumb strap, which use the first finger to cover those two rows. I hope this makes sense. Chris I understand what you mean Chris, I do many times what you are saying. But many times I use two fingers for the same row, because it is the side of the so called "triangule". Many times I find when I'm playing that there are in the melody two consecutive notes, one just after the other, that are in the same row. And one day yes, I will go to a festival in England, because here in Ireland I've never met another English concertina player
  20. Fingering with the English Concertina! goooood! It's a bit difficult for me to understand what people say about the fingering when they explain it by writting... I would love to meet you guys and have a talk over this... But I will try to explain mine as better as I can: As you may know, the English system is the system of the "triangules". I never use the pinkies. The thumb always in the thumb rest. Well, for the other three fingers, I try to put them in each button of the "triangule".
  21. Tona => Incredible! I love that playing! with all that accompaniment! I've never seen that kind of concertina, it's lovely! Chris => Bb Major is a challenge for me indeed. But I almost had it when I recorded the video, I just have to practise a bit more. Your tune allows me to take what I call "shortcuts" if I play in these two keys. I mean by this that I'm using the notes that are repeated in both sides of my concertina, with the only purpose of trying to avoid playing too many buttons on the same side. Geoff => I'm glad you are happy Geoff! and you have to play here as well! I'm looking forward to seeing you recording a video, because you are very good Geoff! Fernando
  22. I will do it Chris! I will play it in Bb Major, in two octaves. And I will play it slower, at the same pace as you. Give me some time to practise, and when I have it I will post it to this thread. Fernando
  23. Thanks Sam! the mellow sound is because of the beautiful voice of my Jacinta, she has a bit special tunning, the name is 1-5 comma meantone, as Geoff Woof told me. And the speed maybe is a bit excessive, I would have made less mistakes if I had played the tune a bit slower... sometimes when I play it alone I get it better, but I was getting tired of repeating the recording! Fernando
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