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  1. Not having had a 'career' as such, there haven't been many highlights.  But from a purely vanity point of view it has to be receiving compliments on your playing from somebody whose opinion you value.  On different occasions, these have included Alastair Anderson, Colin Dipper and Rod Stradling.


    One obvious lowlight was submitting some recordings for possible inclusion in 'Duet International' to be told, very politely, that they weren't good enough (no hard feelings, Alan; I wasn't under any illusions in that regard).  But even then, I put a couple of the same sound files up on this site when I was trying to sell a concertina and got some favourable comments, so all's well that ends well.

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  2. The answer's 'yes'.  Yes, you could play one chord and hold it.  Yes, you could play one chord and let go.  Yes, you could play a chord every time there's a beat, or every time there's a note, or on some beats or notes but not others.


    The important thing is to listen to what yoy play, and play what sounds best to you.  If someone suggests something different, try that too.


    The main difficulty you will find with the English is that both hands are involved with playing the tune, so it's not always easy to play exactly what chord you want, although that comes with practice too.

  3. I am in awe of anybody who can play to a decent standard on different types of concertina (Keith Kendrick is a good example).  As for me, I play 80-bass piano accordian and Maccann duet concertina, and even on those two rather different boxes I occasionally get confused, playing completely the wrong note or chord or trying to play something which isn't there.

  4. On 5/13/2020 at 3:17 PM, jwinship said:

    In 1985 Bertram Levy (anglo) and Peter Ostroushko (mandolin, fiddle) released an album on Flying Fish called "First Generation" that had an eclectic selection of traditional tunes, including klezmer and eastern European.  It was a great anglo album, a great mandolin album, it had a tight and unobtrusive rhythm section of guitar and bass, it was well recorded.  It never should have gone out of print, but I don't think it ever even made it to CD.



    But some of the tracks were included on CD on 'Anglo International'.

  5. As promised, here's a couple of links to myself playing my previous concertina (a 64-button Lachenal maccann).


    http://www.nonce.dk/4C.net/Maccannic/TG2-MP3-003 Maruxa.mp3

    http://www.nonce.dk/4C.net/Maccannic/TG2-MP3-001 Argeers,Christina.mp3


    I hope they still work.  I'm not claiming they're great, but they give an idea of what can be done (I'd been playing about 10 years when they were done, but I didn't used to practice much).  (I still don't).

  6. I sent in a few first-pass recordings for Duet International.  The response from Alan was not altogether positive, but he suggested I re-do a couple of them.  I must admit, at this point I rather lost heart and didn't take it any further.


    There are a couple of recordings of myself playing on this forum somewhere, in case you (or anybody) is interested.  I'll have to see if I can find them.  But I've got a bigger concertina now, and my playing is not the same.

  7. I didn't know whether to put this in the Construction forum or the History forum, so I'll just put it here instead.


    I've got a Wheatstone Aeola Maccann duet made in 1914.  It's got a little white bit at the end of each handrest where the strap attaches.  Are these ivory, or just bone?  Or something else?


    Grateful for any info.

  8. I play for pleasure (mine; I'm not sure about other peoples'), by myself, or accompanying my or, more likely, my wife's singing, or in 'English' tune sessions, which round here tends to mean anything which isn't Irish.  On my own I play anything I can find which I can make to fit on the Maccann.  I love Morris tunes and English dance tunes, but will also try Celtic and European (esp. Swedish and French), and the odd Beatles number etc.  Sidney Bechet's 'Petit Fleur' works brilliantly in A minor on the Maccann.  Also a few classical tunes.  One or two novelty items, like playing Michael Turner's Waltz in 5/4 time.  Contradance tends to be a bit fast for me.


    And my wife plays English treble, so we've worked out a few tune arrangements together.  Really the only limit is ones imagination (and ability).

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