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  1. Mazurkas, bourees and the Varsovienne continue to be popular dance at bals and fetes in this area (Aveyron) This one has basically the same steps and tune but our local version much is slower with held notes at the end of some phrases where everyone freezes until the musicians carry on. As Alan says the feet are usually low to the ground... a terre , as I'm frequently being told by my teacher when I start dancing 'English style'
  2. Wow,I've been following the thread and I didn't think the PO would manage to deliver it before Monday. Have a lovely weekend with your new instrument.
  3. Not an expert but go to trad dance classses (I'm in the Aveyron) so tried a bit of hopping round the sitting room, it works fine for a mazurka! Bourees have a slightly different emphasis, we're always told, they should be 'a terre.' ( and as if wearing clogs) Thankyou,I enjoyed listening, (I think you must be the nearest concertina player to me.)
  4. Unlikely. She was only the picker. They would have been sold to a wholesaler and it would be from him/her that Molly bought her supplies. Unless, of course, Molly picked them herself. BTW, when Jenny wasn't picking cockles, she was plucking pears. Chris With all that hard work it's no wonder poor Jenny sits a weeping, she was far too exhausted to get up and find her true love.
  5. Perhaps more blind leading the blind and maybe I'm completely out on a limb but I can't see why its necessary to play by heart, especially when you're learning the instrument. I read music so I use that. I'm sure that prof Rat played the keel row on the other thread from the music, he most definitely played the piece I'm envious of your new instrument. I haven't had my Jackie long and its a very goog beginners instrument but I'm already trying to work out how I can possibly afford an upgrade.
  6. Thankyou, that was a lovely interpretation. Now back to practising my new version entittled, the Keel Row Lament. I think my OH is starting to hate that tune
  7. Funny you should say that because I was going to write to you and say that your Bobby Shafto recording shows definite improvement. You are coordinating your left hand and right hands much better. You just need to practice more so that you do not have to even think about what you are doing. We all reach certain plateau's and it takes time to get to the next one. Ah my little holiday vid. I still keep messing it up when it goes to the LH side. Nearly a year and I'm still stuck on the one tune Bobbie Shaftoe...can't seem to process anything more sophisticated..so you are ahead of me. I'm even more a beginner than Rod so can't give any advice about the concertina (and I chose the English because I really couldn't understand the concept of an instrument without all the notes and then more than one note on the same key) but I think that you're getting hung up on B. Shaftoe. I've been looking at your Youtube page, you play far more tunes than that, why not forget B Shaftoe for a week or so and play some of the others?
  8. Thankyou, I enjoyed that and I don't normally like bagpipes. I've never heard the Northumbrian pipes before and would have thought they would soound like the cabrette (the local bagpipes in my part of France). Those pipes had a far more pleasant tone. It was interesting to hear the variations in pace. As to myself, I can just about manage the first variation but as soon as the triplets start, well think I've a long way to go. Mine will be the slow, thoughtful version
  9. I've been trying to play this, it will take me more than a weekend. It would be good to be able to hear examples of more experienced/acomplished people playing it.
  10. Unless the price is out of date, a new Rochelle costs slightly more @ 285€ including postage from Belgium. (If you go to the list of dealers on the concertina connection website you can find it )
  11. I think its a great thing to do, you can look back on your progress. Inspired by your example I had a go at recording myself a couple of weeks ago but I haven't had the courage to put it onto youtbe.
  12. Thankyou for those. As a beginner(who used to play the clarinet) I'm finding that playing lots of tunes from the '100 solos for clarinet' genre very useful for finding my way round the keyboard, only a few go down to F. I've also been trying to play some simple hymns to get used to playing more than one note at once but its very difficult when you're only used to reading one line of music.
  13. Well, here in France you'd probably be called a clown. In my case they'd be right as I've only been playing for three weeks.
  14. Thankyou, I think you were right, lack of confidence. I got husband to do the deed, they did need pliers. I can now go back to my attempts at 'The Ash Grove', hopefully I'll have improved overnight!
  15. Hello, I hope this is the right place for this question (been debating where to put it) I've been the proud owner of a new Jackie for 3 days now, bought after much reading the advice on here. I'm enjoying my first steps but for one problem. I think the thumb strap is far too loose. The tutor book says you can tighten it but how? There is a round 'screw' holding the strap in position, ones to tight to budge without pliers (have't tried) the other can be unscrewed but doesn't come all the way out so you can't take the strap off to make another hole. The only thing I can think to do is to slit the leather, slide it along and then retighen the screw. At the moment I'm taking up the slack with a bit of folded felt but that keeps needing adjusting and is obviously not a permanent solution. Any experts able to help?
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