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    Professional storyteller who sometimes includes music in her programs
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  1. Many words of wisdom here and might even help me! I especially agree with Tradewinds Ted's "amateurs tend to practice a tune until they get it right, while professionals practice a tune until they can't get it wrong." He's also right about how we forgive ourselves in practice. In storytelling it's easy to do the check your memory idea given here for memorizing music. Music memorization was always a problem for me and even if I learn something, it's not something that stays with me after a gap in time, unlike "running my mouth." However once learned, re-learning is always easier. My reaso
  2. Love this resource! Thanks. Wish there were more English lyrics, but they're easily found. "some easy tunes: a Dutch 100 page pdf online document with free sheet music tunes Shanties some famous international tunes http://hjj.home.xs4a...mansliedjes.pdf texts of some tunes can be found on the net."
  3. Sounds like "watchful waiting" is in order until it's just to much to handle. Guess those of us with it need to stay in the loop to learn when these "new and better treatments" are available. My husband just doesn't understand why I'm not eager to meet his surgeon.
  4. I'm still finding that when I sing and play I can't get too complicated, but playing a 1/3 above or below the melody is a simple way to give a "fairly sparse accompaniment" that supports without dominating the melody voice. For my 30 b it's right next to the note you're playing from low A to high E on the left hand if you omit the accidentals and middle B to high A on the right hand. It's the same principle as simple vocal harmony. Maybe this is more basic than you want.
  5. Geoff, I'm interested. A local hospital claims they can do the surgery and my husband's after me to see the surgeon who did his elbow and knee replacement. Saying there's only 2 or 3 doctors in the world able to correct it could be a way of saying I'll live with it. Dirge, call me chicken, but I'd like somebody to give me a local anesthetic before trying your method. Better yet anesthetize me and then somebody else whack it into position. Didn't know I had any Vikings in my genetic makeup, must have been invaders to the Celtic Isles on my mother's side. Nothing like a delayed genetic
  6. Doesn't it slow them down a lot? You say they're very good players, but it sounds like the concertina form of Hunt and Peck Typing.
  7. In prowling the Ergonomics forum I see the pinky or little finger has often been discussed, but not to the extent that might help some people with a very specific condition. My problem was first treated as Trigger Finger, but the therapist noticed it didn't match that condition and wasn't responding to treatment for Trigger Finger. She was familiar with a genetic condition called Dupuytren's Contracture and suggested I see a doctor to be evaluated. Yup, that's what I have. I need to go back over the Locked Little Finger discussion and contact the person who said his little finger tended to
  8. WOW! Thanks for the suggestion, Jim! (None of the "Smileys" do justice to my excitement.) This really gives me hope. I confess the concertina is not my main instrument and while I was away from it for the duration of my other health battle I just wasn't up to it. My little finger on my left hand can manage the keyboard on my computer, but just is too puny on the concertina, added to a constant feeling of uncertainty with it. That is a condition very unlikely to change. I just went to my instrument to see about the hand bars. I'm sure it can be done. Added to that I'm noticing t
  9. Thanks, Jim, I should have thought of that. Also it's so hard to give up any accidentals. <SIGH!> Ted, you make a good point about the G/D vs. C/G. It all keeps coming back to the point of trying out a 20 B to see if this is worth the switch. Back when I 1st started this I knew 1 condition -- my little finger on the left -- was a continuing problem. The other problem -- my strength after a health problem -- is showing all signs of returning to normal so I really need to see if transposing might help. There are limitations on my instrument for that, but if it's doable, it wo
  10. Graham, Are you talking about the Marcus Traveller? Unless the pound drops radically opposite the dollar, it's definitely beyond my budget. Not that I might not save towards it if it's the right 1 for me. I'd need to try it to be sure and doubt there's 1 in the U.S. Can't understand how it manages that many keys, but it certainly makes me drool! Don't understand the faint pictures in the corner. Looks like 3 rows of 15 on 1 side and 2 with 10 on the other yet says 21 keys (maybe the 21st is the air button which I didn't count in the rows). G/D might be a bit low for singing with it.
  11. Hi Ted, Thanks for the photo. I hated to ask my husband for another as he's currently quite busy. Now I see why we didn't make sense to each other. Mine has the buttons and hand grip at the narrow ends with the pointed parts of the hexagon at the sides. In other words each of us would say the other one's concertina is made sideways! I think my little 10 button is a mini. It's in terrible shape and not worth repair since that gluing was apparently the only way to attach the bellows to some low quality wood. That's a shame as the bellows are both attractive and in better working orde
  12. They are lovely. I didn't think this was a mini, but might just be. Thank you, Ted.
  13. Hi Ted, Saw your email after the Ebay auction ended. It did give me an idea though about Ebay. Rather than just rely on Ebay reputations which may not be about concertinas, if the seller has a C-net reputation that's good they probably are reputable. I'm a rarity as my 1st concertina was bought online being a cheap Chinese concertina. It was enough to show I enjoy the instrument and needed to get a good one. My Stagi would probably be good enough, but that little finger problem has me thinking less may be more in my case. I'm getting my strength back, but I don't expect the little finge
  14. Thank you, Wolf! Foolishly figured Search covered all the site. About the time you were posting, I was prowling Castiglione online. C-net didn't post your reply until 2 hours later. Found two incidents in my own search. I'd say the write-up here and those two both say they are both a business and an individual which is the best resource we may have locally, but proceed with caution and be sure you're satisfied with what you want to buy before you buy it. Yes, the promised set-up of Canadian list-member, Troy, also gives me concern about their repair department. It's worrisome tha
  15. Over on the Construction and Repair forum I'm asking about Glued Ends, complete with photos. Might anybody have heard of 10 button concertinas? 18 or 20 buttons seem to be as small as I can find. There are no markings on this little concertina I found in an antique store. It's not in the greatest shape (fortunately the price wasn't high) and I'm wondering if repairing it is worthwhile, but love it's light weight and easy action.
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