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Randy Stein

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  • Birthday 04/15/1953

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    My Family, Live Music, Reading, Talmudic Studies, Cooking, Golf. Art, Theater. ect
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    Washington, DC

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  1. DC Ambiance performs Django Reinhardt's Douce Ambiance in Concert Feb 14, 2024 Buco and Bill Parmentier - Guitar Jason Gekker - Bass Randy Stein - English Concertina
  2. Pennies From Heaven, 1936, Music by Arthur Johnson and Lyrics by Johnny Burke Performed on Feb 14th, 2024 for a swing dance at Lost Boy Cider Taproom DC Ambiance Buco and Bill Parmentier - Guitar Jason Gekker - Bass Randy Stein - English Concertina Special Guest Chanteur - Pablo Zyberglait
  3. Sometime ago I decided I wanted to build a personal/professional website. Thank you Jim Besser and Judy Minot for your help and suggestions. https://randysteinec.com
  4. I was contacted by a parent of a 10 year old who attends a local contra dance and is interested in learning to play the Concertina. She currently is learning to play violin in school. We had a couple of great discussions via zoom . The 10 year old is very funny and serious about learning. I sent info about Anglo, English, and Duet systems as well as YouTube views of some of the great players in the UK. She wants to play the EC. Are there any ECs for a child to start learning?
  5. Who knew 38 years after my career in the circus I would get the chance to perform again. Minus the handstands and flips.
  6. When teaching the EC, I have students that play all makes and levels of instruments. From Wheatstone to Wren, From 30 button to 64 buttons, and Baritone, Tenor/Treble, and Treble ranges. I often use Violin Etudes for students to help with fingering and phrasing and notation. However, not all English Concertinas have the same keyboards. Jackie keyboards have 30 buttons and 48 button treble EC keyboard adds an additional octave above the Jackie. Most Etude studies have notation above the range of Jackie. Fingering of the Jackie adds an additional variable. Using the software Musescore, I transcribe the Etude two different ways. I will usually lower the out of range note of the Jackie down by a third but keeping the same notation. Here is a line from Etude #29 from Franz Wohlfahrt's Violin Studies Book II. First one is for a 48 button EC and second is how modified for the Jackie. The Etude is in the Key of C. The High D in the third measure is changed to a B to accommodate the range of the Jackie. For a 48 Button Treble EC: For the Jackie EC: This particular etude is wonderful for learning techniques for fingering, phrasing, and playing detached and legato. Tenor/Treble ECs may add some additional changes to an etude, but that's for another time.
  7. https://www.lostboycider.com/event/acoustic-jam-session/
  8. Just curious: As an American fan of Premier League Football, are any players players of the Concertina.
  9. When I performed in the circus, I used to do a flip off my partners shoulders while playing. Does that count?
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