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About StephenTx

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  1. A “stiffy” of some sort? Got to say that brought a smile to my face 🙂 . I’m not inquiring about thumb support but Found it interesting that individuals were individuals mentioning the use of a wrist splint. Perhaps across the ocean there one in the same thing with a stiffy—But me a wrist support is totally different.
  2. Hi I noted your mention of “wrist splints’ me toning Dave C. Interesting do you know washer I might see these. Does anyone else use wrist splints would be interested in any comments thank you Stephentx I
  3. Dave Ps I just viewed your videos “beautiful “! How long have you been playing?
  4. David, you certainly shot my theory about being a healthcare provider! 🙂 my bad I just spent time studying other things or working rather than devoting time to music theory which I am doing now. Small world I am a C R N A, Previously a director of a school of anesthesia and transitioned into administration over the years. I spent most of my career in Hawaii moving to the mainland being recruited by Columbia Presbyterian in New York City as executive director of corporate operating rooms. On the merger of Cornell and Columbia the hand writing was on the wall and I took a VP position in Texas. For The past 15 years I work for The Joint Commission five of which were as a full-time Surveyor I currently am a Associate Director of standards interpretation. I have a great job in that I telecommute full-time. I completely understand what you’re saying about music theory that’s exactly what I’m trying to do. And I do appreciate all the valuable information everyone is providing. I have books on music theory but somehow it doesn’t sink in as well as some of the discussions also I have found there’s some great YouTube classes which I have started. So I am focusing it. Back in 2012 I took Skype lessons from Pauline de Snoo but my right hand Thumb joint gave out on me and I had to have a thumb arthroplasty. Too many years squeezing the bag and typing. So I have just recently rejuvenated my efforts. . Trying to get away from having to constantly just read the music to play to being able to sing Accompanying myself with the chords. I have a big voice ( similar to Dave Coffins) as one of my avocations in earlier years was musical theater and opera having taken years of voice lessons. Are you still practicing? Well I gave you probably more information than you wanted to know but I do appreciate you taking the time it’s very helpful in trying to sort all this out as I am studying music theory. Stephen
  5. Don, yes I have but it was another email address, thank you
  6. RAC Your great thank you thank you everyone on has been so helpful. I love this group. I need to digest it all C and rest assured more questions to hollow through y’allhelpfulness.
  7. RAC Your great thank you thank you everyone on has been so helpful. I love this group. I need to digest it all C and rest assured more questions to hollow through y’all helpfulness.
  8. Rac(is that your name) first of all thank you for taking the time to respond. As I mentioned to Geoff I have a very similar voice to Dave very strong Voice training musical theater and opera. When I ran into Dave singing I thought to myself this is what I want to do I don’t want to be tied to the Sheet music. What did you mean by the statement “basic chord shapes on your instrument and find a groove that suits “ Why would the chord shape change by instruments (I am sure I must be taking this too literal). Thanks again
  9. Geoff Thank you there’s always some questions ”Play the three chord trick”you mean the 1,3,5? yes I have a Chord chart. But what if I know the words and I don’t want to get hung up my having to pay the melody but just want to play the chords like Dave is doing. Show this to complex of a question to ask on here but that’s what I would like to be able to do. Believe it or not my voice is very similar to Dave Coffins, yeArs of voice lessons (Musicaltheater and opera in Younger days) guess what I’m trying to figure out and your discussion tricks are helping me get closer to it although I get lost when you start talking about the “minors“ So if I’m going to play chords it seems like I always need to know what key I am singing in in order to figure out what chords to use. Stephen
  10. Hi thank you for your response. Yes I do know it is an English concertina Bass baritone and that he is singing the melody.But other than that being a health care provider, I have no idea of The response not through any fault of yours up definitely but my Lack of knowledge of music theory. I understand that he is singing the melody but I am completely lost with Regards to the cord progression. Is this hard to learn and how do you determine search for a piece of music? ThanK you for taking the time to respond Stephentx
  11. This is what I want to be able to do. On CNET I was browsing and someone mention Dave Coffin(actually the discussion was him using wrist braces so I wondered what those were and I did some Internet searching). But when I ran into was very educational as I viewed yes many sessions on YouTube. This is exactly what I would like to be able to do with regards to playing I know he’s playing chords but what he’s doing sounds a little bit different from what I’ve heard before because it’s all chords. I would like to have a discussion and hear peoples thoughts on his technique and what he is doing is beautiful. I hope this works
  12. Geoff,  I actually had the surgery about three years ago and it is much better 

    but it was to the point that that joint was bone on bone. I am a anesthetist and in my day we didn’t wife spread use have

    anesthesia ventilators So we sat there squeezed in a bag for hours breathing for the patient I’m sure that had an impact on the joint over the  years.   I have also had jobs that require lots of typing so thank you for your suggestion regarding the pads I’ll get in touch with button box to see what they might have

    1. Geoff Wooff

      Geoff Wooff

      Ah  yes  Stephen,  lots of  wear and tear.  I  am  thankful my  hands still have some  flexibility  as I  have also  worked them  hard  and  continue to do so  ..;though 70  years old and still hand making musical  instruments  with no plans to  retire.  I  do  play  my concertinas  for  half an hour  every morning  , just to  keep  my fingers  supple.

      I  suggest  playing sitting down and rest  an end of your concertina  on each  thigh, use the  wrist  straps  too.

    2. StephenTx


      Hi Geoff yep I have you beat on age, I’m 74 and still Working full-time and like you with no immediate plans to retire. I work for the national accrediting agency for hospitals and I’m very fortunate in that I am able to work from home.Working full-time and like you with no immediate plans to retire. I work for the national accrediting agency for hospitals and I’m very fortunate in that I am able to work from home. Here’s to


    3. Geoff Wooff

      Geoff Wooff

      Well, good for you  Stephen....  far too many  young retired people  enjoying  a  fat  pension  in France.  Makes  me  spit!  My  neighbour  retired  at  60  after  40  years of  emptying cash  from parking meters, some people have it  soft.  

      I work  far more slowly  than I  used to  but  I am lucky to  be able to  charge  far  more  for  the finished product  than I  used to.  


      Picture of my wife and I  playing  with  Gerald O'Loughlin   at  a  bar  just  behind the Cliffs of Moher  about 30 years ago...  photo  by  Peter Laban.

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  13. Geoff Hi, My Baritone arrives at Button Box to get fitted for wrist straps And I am really hoping that it helps. I have had joint thumb surgery on my right thumb where they actually go in and put a cushion between the bone by transferring one of your tendons and rolling it up and sticking it in the joint. https://eorthopod.com/resection-excision-arthroplasty-of-the-thumb/ It has helped tremendously prior to the surgery I wasn’t even open able to open the lid on a bottle of water. My only problem now is that a plane they concertina for a while it becomes very sore. I also use a neck strap (A student of PaulinedeSono).
  14. Geoff, As always thank you for your reply to my question. So the straps look like they really go around the rest area. Are they typically made in a fashion that are adjustable? Stephentx
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