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About StephenTx

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    Tyler, Texas

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  1. Randy, I was recently playing as a returning newbie and thinking exactly that in terms of hold the EC. I have taken lessons from Pauline de Snoo and advocate strap to hold the concertina. One of the reason I had an hiatus from playing was due to thumb surgery and I do find when i use the neck strap I put less pressure on my thumb facilitating playing. I am gong to have to watch some of your videos on hold. Would you send me a text to so I can discuss lessons with you when you have a chance. My number is 903 570 0655. Thank you Stephen Texas. .
  2. Hello Geoff I have to apologize for not getting back to you sooner and letting you know how much I appreciate your notes I'm playing chords I do have some questions you mention playing the cords below the melody line could you explain that a little further?

    1. Geoff Wooff

      Geoff Wooff

      Hello  Stephen,  I  will try to  explain.   What I  wrote  was  ' adding  harmonizing  notes  below  the melody'  not  necessarily  chords .

      If  you  add  a note to  the  melody  note,  which is  in its   arpeggio     then it will harmonize.  So  if  you  play  a  C  and you are playing  in the key of  C  then  the  notes of  a major  chord of  C  ( E  and G)  are  the  arpeggio  notes  and you can  safely  use these  to  add  harmony.


      So, the  simplest  harmonies   I  use  are  triads.  Play  a scale  of  C  like this :    C ,  D/B,  E/C, F/A, G/E, A/F, B/G ,C/E.

      Where  the  note after  the slash  is  lower than  the  melody  note  of the scale.


      This is  step  one.

    2. StephenTx


      Geoff,   Thank you for the clarification.   I don't quire understand : "C  like this :    C ,  D/B,  E/C, F/A, G/E, A/F, B/G ,C/E. Could you give an example for this hard head 🤥  Thank you.

    3. Geoff Wooff

      Geoff Wooff

      Sorry  Stephen,  I  was not  too clear  as I  was trying to  do this  in a hurry,  my  wife wanted to  use  the computer  at  that moment.  So,    play  the  note  C  , then  start to   ascend  the  major  scale  of  C  by  playing  the note D but add a B  to  the  D.  Then move up the scale  , each time  adding  a  harmony  note  below  the  ascending    scale note.


      Sure it is  harder to  describe  than to  do it.

  3. When looking at a piece of music and not wanting to just play the melody but to play chords much of my music has the chords above. (As in the example below) I’m trying to understand this you’ll see a chord notated then you may have several bars of music until another cord is notated with lyrics. So you just can’t play the cord one time do you play the cord each time to the beat of the individual notes? How is this done? I hope this is not a stupid question but it won’t be the first one I would’ve askedI’m getting good at playing the melodic line but I really would like to be able to move away from that entirely and use the chord or Augument but I don’t understand how you use the chord relative to the music. Thank you I look forward to hearing from this knowledge of a group. Stephentx
  4. Pauline de sono it’s a great classical concertinaist. I took Skype lessons from here you can Goggle her —she is great
  5. Is anyone have any suggestions? When I'm playing piece of music and I sometime move off the wrong buttons notes on the English concertina I have a difficult time getting my fingers back to keys and lose my orientation on the buttons. Do any of you have hints tricks methods suggestions as how to do this without having to look at the buttons. It's almost like I wish some home keys hederacea spot on them or something. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you Stephentx
  6. Beautiful, I am from Hawaii. “Koa has an honored heritage in Hawaii and is revered and sacared” For those of you who would be interested in learning more about Koa And it’s Hawaiian heritage here is a link https://martinandmacarthur.com/blogs/news/the-history-of-hawaiian-koa-wood-a-true-story
  7. You are correct the Left side of the brain controls the right side than the right side of the brain controls the left side
  8. Beautiful I’m from Hawaii and this is one of my favorite song and you played it lovely.
  9. Im trying to date a Lachenal I have 14450 any one ? Thank ou
  10. Hi Greg,  I hope this note finds you well I tried to contact you via your email address but perhaps that has changed. As you could say I am back on and getting into the music again after having some thumb surgery and freeing up time as I still work full-time and my job but have made a determination to spend more time with my Music.   How are you doing would love to hear from you. 

  11. This might be a stupid question but it won’t be the first one I’ve ever asked. I have English concertinas (too many) after having a couple of hand surgeries I’m back to the form and back to studying to play again. The question I have is the comment that was made relative to the Anglo and what key you sing it. Is the angle similar to the English where you will have a bass and treble extended travel etc. to determine what key Or what range is the most comfortable for you as with the English as you all know you can play in multiple keys. Thanks you StephenTx
  12. Hello from Texas. I loved you song voice and accompaniment. What type of concertina were you playing? Do you by any chance have the arrangements of "The Town I loved so Well" and/or do you know when I can get the music. The other songs were great too. Thank you for sharing and please continue to do so. Stephen Knoll, Tyler Texas aka Stephentx
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