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Sean M

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  • Birthday 05/06/1985

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    ITM, concertinas, button accordions, banjos, languages, volleyball
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    Bordentown City, NJ USA

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  1. I've been trying to figure this out by ear and got halfway there (maybe generous rounding 😀). Thanks so much for posting this!
  2. FirbolgNorc, what Peter posted is pretty good in that it gives you the melody and the chordal accompaniment. This is good for any instrument including concertina. If you're looking for something more concertina specific you'd need to let us know what type of concertina you play. For an Anglo concertina you could look up left hand chords to play along with the melody here: https://concertutor.wordpress.com/fitting-chords-to-your-playing/chord-fingerings/ A duet concertina would offer a lot of chordal accompaniment options but there are also different layouts. For an English concertina you could certainly play the melody but would have fewer options with the accompaniment but still possible even if just adding a drone note here or there. But I'm certainly no expert on English concertinas. Being from Ohio it might even be a Chemnitzer concertina. I'd also be lost with how to help with one of these. To give more instrument specific advice on how to play the tune though we'd have to know what instrument you play.
  3. I want to second Caitlín course. I've tried both her course and OAIM and for a multi-instrumentalist the OAIM is a great deal because it allows you to try all the courses when you subscribe but if you're only learning anglo concertina then I think Caitlín's course is much better. She goes through tunes for the most part but adds other things and the course allows you to slow down or speed up any lesson or tune. She also has 3 cameras set up so that you can see her playing in the center and a close up of each of her hands as she plays on either side of her. You can really see exactly what she's doing. I had been playing for about a year and went through her beginner's course in a few months and then started on the intermediate. I probably should have stayed there and worked my way through all the tunes but once she released the advanced course I got too excited and jumped up. I'm currently loving it and working through the tunes but I'll probably go back to the intermediate once I'm done to get get all those lessons as well.
  4. Here is a good performance of the tune played in Am: it’s the last tune of the set but the 3 before it are also worth listening to
  5. Price dropping to $300 including shipping
  6. Here's a quick single take (please excuse the finger fumbles...) played pretty basic and slow to try and show both hands of what I play
  7. I play the second part of this tune exclusively on the G-row of the concertina. I hope I'm playing it in the same key because I learned in by ear but I start on high A RH 2nd button pull. Throughout the entire second part I don't think I really need the air button at all and I use LH Ring/Middle/Index fingers and RH Index/Middle fingers only for those 5 buttons on the G-row.
  8. I have an Elise Hayden by the Concertina Connection that I bought new from Liberty Bellows in Philadelphia about a year ago. Since then it’s spent most of it’s life in a box as my main instrument is an Anglo concertina and I also playing tenor banjo and have a few whistles around. I’ve barely played it and feel bad that it’s not being played. It’s like new yet not new so I’m hoping to sell it for a reasonable “used” price. I bought it for $435 and am willing to sell it for $335 $300 including shipping (inside the USA and $335 $300 + shipping for outside the USA). I’m posting this on my iPad and hoping I’ll get to be able to post some pics but like I said it’s like new. EDIT: Price drop, also will consider trade for Concertina Connection Jack/Jackie model
  9. I was watching this video that has probably been posted here several times but one thing they mentioned really stuck out to me. The video seems to have been recorded in 1961 and shows a concertina factory in England. At one point they say: I was wondering if anyone could tell me any more about this. I've heard of concertinas becoming less popular due to popularity of accordions in the post-WWII era but I don't know anything about concertinas really having any history in the USA. Is there a certain region or style of music in which they were still "regarded as a serious instrument" during that time?
  10. The @ in the original link should be a . I'm not sure if that was done on purpose or accident but if you copy the link to your address bar and swap it yourself then the link works.
  11. I have a banjo in my dining room that sits on a stand right in the middle of my house. I often find that when passing by I see it, pick it up and play a few tunes and then put it back. My concertina on the other hand is kept safely in a box sitting on a shelf in another room. While it only takes a few more seconds to get it out and playable I don't pick it up as much as I'd like and I think this is the reason. It's not right in the middle of where I am every day and it's not able to be picked up and played as easily. I've heard of people using strips of velcro that will keep the bellows snug in the closed position and was wondering if anyone could share any pictures, tips on making them or suggested materials (or supplies if US based). Cheers!
  12. Ah thank you, Leonard! I believe this is the exact video from where I learned the tune. Interesting, the note about Parson's Farewell in the comment.
  13. I found this recording that I made maybe 10 years ago. The tune is still in my head but I cannot remember the name of the tune. Does anyone recognize it? I think the title might have been Dutch?
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