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  1. Hello Sean, I happen to be going to Noel Hill classes, I go every friday and I'm in beginners. But I'm sorry to tell you that I play the english system! anyway I'm curious about this, I will try to find out. If I get to know something I will let you know. Fernando
  2. Very nice The Presbyterian! first time I listen to this tune, and I loved it! Do anybody know about that tune? In the video it is written that it is a hornpipe. Is it an english hornpipe? I'm not sure about this... and I wonder which time signature is.. is it a 3/2? If anyone know whatever thing about this tune please tell me! In the meantime I will try to learn it, if I can... Fernando
  3. Very nice tune Chris! you play it well! Fernando
  4. Do anybody which sysmtem is Kitty Hayes playing on the concertina? and what note is the set of pipes of Peter Laban tuned to? The first video of them is the fourth one, in the Ireland section Fernando
  5. I love this song! I first saw it in one forum of english concertina. And I'm happen to be learning french at the moment! I'm trying to find the lyrics of this song, if someone knows about this please let me know, thanks! Fernando
  6. Very good! I like the tune! I'm glad to see more spanish people playing spanish traditional music on the concertina. Keep it up! Fernando
  7. Thanks for the links, I enjoyed a lot. Mary Humphreys and Anahata play tunes with pretty good arrangements, they are introducing me to english music by doing so!. And that player that plays that reel called Daveys is seriously good as well! Fernando
  8. Thank you Leonard! I will have to analyse it now, and I need some time to get it, thanks for the link. This is very helpful to me because it is a tune I already know how to play. I've been very surprised with the response that this Spanish tune has had in the forum, I didn't expect all those visits, and I didn't expect that someone was going to write the tune in ABC!. That's nice, some other time I will post some other video with another Spanish tune. But at the moment I have to get used to my new concertina, and improve my playing. I must reduce the number of mistakes I do all the time! and this takes time, that's for sure, this is only a hobby, I don't do this full time.. Nice to meet you! All the best! Fernando
  9. Hello Felix! I'm not sure if it was you, but I think I saw you playing a galician munieira with the concertina in youtube, I loved it!. Anyway, it is great to have a galician musician in this forum!

  10. You are right Chris! There are very different types of traditional music in Spain. But you can find jotas and tunes with the same rhythm as jotas all over Spain. I don't know the name of the tune I play in this video, I called it Jota Castellana because it is a jota from the castilian traditional music. And it is a dance, I use to dance them! it is nice to see the way they dance jotas in different places in Spain: Basque Country, Castilla, Galicia, Aragon... places far from each other dancing the same rhythm with a very different style Cheers, Fernando
  11. Wonderful Leonard! well done! thanks a lot for that! very good work you did. Unfortunately I'm not good at writing and reading music, but I want to learn! I'm taking lessons now and I'm trying to play reading ABC scores. There are signs I cannot understand well from your writting, because I still need to learn about the meaning of a few signs used for ABC. But it seems to me that you wrote the tune with a 6/8 time signature. The tune is a jota, and I'm afraid you will have to change the ABC to 3/4 time signature. A jota is the same time signature as a waltz, the difference with the waltz is the internal stress in the beats, they are organised in different way. I've heard that waltzes and jotas are not the only types of 3/4, in swedish traditional music they play other types of 3/4, with the difference again in the stress of the beats. I would like to know these things more in detail... I hope to discover them someday!
  12. Thank you Fernando! good link you posted! with many photos of dulzainas! thats nice! and I didn't know there were castilian tunes in 7/8! I know there are in 8/8 (entradillas) and 5/8 or 10/8 (bailes corridos and charradas). And someone told me that jotas are 3/4, but with the stress made in a certain way that makes them different from waltzes and other types of 3/4, but I don't know well the details of these. One friend of mine recorded a short video of me just when I came from UK with Virginie (that's the name I put to my new concertina), this is the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/chirritutiplen#p/f/3/usrX0vHtZhs I love this concertina! it is so much fun to play it! I will record more videos, but I will wait some time until I find myself comfortable enough. But be ready for Basque Country music! I just love that music, it has been like a discovering for me. It is nice to hear from you Fernando! Take care!
  13. Thanks Leonard! I don't have ABC scores, but give me some time! I'm going to try to write them. The tune is in B Major, if you play English System you will find it quite hard to play it in that key. But if you play the anglo I don't know at all. I will post the scores here when I have them ready, and I will tell you as well.
  14. Hello concertina players! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piUCWpnzIrI There are a good few types of traditional music in Spain, in this video I try to play one tune from Castille. They usually play it with an instrument called dulzaina. I'm playing an english concertina, a cheap one, it is a Hohner. I hope you like it!
  15. I bought it Fernando! It is a Wheatstone! So different now my god, easier to play, and a very beautiful instrument!

  16. Would you consider to change to the english concertina? because F is one of the keys that can be easily played. There are a few keys that are really difficult to play, like F# or G#. But F can be played well, I learnt a few tunes of Irish Trad in F because I know two tin whistler players that like to play with the tin whistle in F from time to time.
  17. Maybe you can try to join an anglo concertina class. The same happened to me, It is difficult to find an english concertina teacher here in Galway, and I joined a class where all the players play anglo concertinas but me. You listen them, write down the notes, try to find them in your concertina, and copy the ornamentation and everything. And you can learn to move the belows in the same way as they do as well, they do that well. But if you want to learn to play chords I'm not sure, we only do the melody. Good luck!
  18. National anthems are good, most of people have in their minds the national anthem of their countries. And some anthems from other countries. I like these ones: - The Spanish: From my country, it is a march. - The French: I've tried to play this a good few times but there are a few notes that I don't get. - The American - The English - The Slovakian (I heard once this one and I will always remember it) - The Russian I live in Ireland, I can recognize the Irish anthem, but I cannot think of it myself, doesn't seem to stick to my memory.
  19. Good matter to discuss! Many things can be said about this, I will say this one: Don't wait until you get a tune perfect to move to another tune, wait until you feel you are getting tired of the tune. You can go back to the tune after some time. Maybe because of this there will be a moment that you know many tunes but you don't play any of them well. This can last for a while. But after time you will see that this will change completely, one day suddenly you start playing them well!.
  20. Hello everybody!, I uploaded a file on this link: http://cid-af92dc652ebe5694.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/Scales.ods Here you are one spreadsheet file I spent some time doing. To open it you need to have OpenOffice, this is a program that is free to download from internet. You must download the file into your computer, because it is an interactive file, if you just open it will be a read-only file. In this file you can have diagrams for all the heptatonic scales. First you have to enter which scales you want to see, for this you have to go to the page called Set Up and type the scale in the box where is indicated. As you can see in this first page you have already listed the following scales: Major, Minor, Dorian, Mixolydian and Phrygian. Once you enter the scale you can have automatically the following information in the other pages: - Cover page. - Summary: Table showing all the notes for each key, number of notes that are in both sides, number of alterations and total number of buttons. - And then 12 pages, one for each key, with a diagram showing all the notes of the english concertina, where all notes that belong to the key explained are highlighted. Each octave is in a different color. All the pages but the first one are ready for printing. The first page is only for setting up all the other pages. More scales can be added to the list, for that you have to go to the Set Up page and type the new scale in the lines that are left in blank in the table with all the scales. For this you have to explain the 7 intervals of the scale (2 is for tone and 1 for semitone). This file is only for heptatonic scales, for example the pentatonic scale used in blues cannot be added. I hope this can be of some use to you. This file is open to be changed, if anyone has ideas to improve it please tell me or you can change it yourself. If you spot any mistake please tell me and I will correct it. All the best! Fernando
  21. Ok! I see! thank you for this! I thought this was about the law or something. I can understand, it makes sense. But I've opened an account and I'm trying to upload the file in Google Docs and it is not working, I saw in the help forums that more people had this problem. I suppose that Google has to fix this.. But I found the solution Fatbellows, one housemate told me to use Windowslive, and It worked! I'm going to post the link then. I will do this in the Teaching and Learning section. Anyway thanks a lot for the help FatBellows! All the best!
  22. How are ye! It's a pity, but I did a file on OpenOffice containing spreadsheets that make automatically heptatonic scales diagrams for the english concertina. And the uploader does not allow me to attach it. But OpenOffice is an open source program, if I'm not mistaken this means that this program was created for the free use of everybody, free of charge. I understand that with Excel this cannot be done, because it belongs to Microsoft. Is there a solution for this? Fernando
  23. Thank you for this post! I knew that there was a tradition of english concertina in Bolivia, but I couldn't find much about this. It is lovely music they do with this instrument!
  24. Hi Chiton, Lovely playing you do with the english concertina. Irish music can be played on it with the same quality as with an anglo, and you are proving it!. Your level of playing is higher than mine (I'm in youtube, with the name chirritutiplen), that's for sure, but if you don't mind I will tell you that if we want to play with the same sound that the anglo players play, I think we have to open the bellows as little as possible. Because in my opinion that's one of the things that makes our playing a bit different from the anglos. For us is very easy to go in and out extensively, but with that I think that we loose part of that sound that makes the anglos so good. Can we do the same as them? I think so, but we have to focus on the maximum distance we cover with the english concertina. But I've seen that in some moments of your videos you do that for a while! the only thing for you is to keep it all the time. With our concertinas we can do that even more that the anglos if we want, it is difficult, but possible. And your arrangements are good! I also have to work on them and try to make them, but you know Chiton, our rolls are with three buttons! What would really make the difference with the anglos are the chords, that is the real thing, because we have a way more possibilities... but this is a thing that I've left for the future because I have to try to get the melody line first. Keep up the good playing Chiton! A bientot! Fernando
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