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About badwellmac

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  • Birthday 10/26/1955

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    Folk music, Folk dancing, Morris dancing
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    Suffolk, UK

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  1. Hi All, Sometime ago, I downloaded a great little excel file that contains the layout of a 30 button G/D Anglo. You can input different types of chords and it shows where they are on the push and pull. I could really use the same chart made out for a C/G layout, but I cannot find the original file on Concertina. net Does anyone have any ideas where it is ? it states that it was by created by Jacques Saly in 2011 Cheers Karl
  2. Hi Jim, The Sherringham Potties Day of Dance is normally the first weekend in July, Ely Folk Festival is normally the second weekend in July. We ( Bury Fair Women's Morris ) normally dance at both, They both involve a processional dance with about 30 other morris sides ! regards Karl
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    Hi Andrew, Welcome, I also play a Jeffries G/D. Don't they have a nice growl !! I am not far away in Suffolk, I play anglo in a Ceilidh band and for morris Karl
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    Crane Duet System Concertina

    Hi Ceemonster, I play the anglo in the full english style and so have been looking at playing similarly on the Duet, I now think this is not a good idea, As you say, playing a few chords and counter melody on the left, is what the Duet, I believe is designed for I just need to put in the hours !! regards Karl
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    Crane Duet System Concertina

    Hi John, What you say makes a lot of sense, I won't now feel so guilty about not picking up the Anglo !! Although we have a couple of Burn's night gigs in the next few weeks, so will have to practise the tunes, as we only do them a couple of times a year and I haven't as yet played them on the Anglo, so back to the melodeon, it feels a big beats after the Tina ! kind regards Karl
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    Crane Duet System Concertina

    Hi Ceemonster, Thanks for your advice. I have looked at Kurt's website and searched for some of his posts on this site, It has been a help. Do many people use his system of fingering ? regards Karl
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    Crane Duet System Concertina

    Hi Mary, Thanks for your reply, Yes I really loving the crane, I end up scratching my head a lot, trying to think of solutions ! The problem that I really struggle with is, that I am really a melodeon and Anglo player, I try to practise for about .5 to 1 hour a day, but which instrument ?? I have not practised or learn any new tunes on the melodeon for about 6 months, the Anglo has been away for repairs, so I have concentrated on the Crane, but now my lovely Jefferies is back, I am really torn !! I have had a couple of offers of some Skype chats with more experienced Crane players on this site, and i am hoping that this will shed some light on the areas I am struggling with Kind regards Karl
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    Crane Duet System Concertina

    Hi Jim, I feel such a fool !!. Looking at the button layout and the octave numbers, i realise that I am playing in octaves most of the time, So I am no way as good as you thought !! One thing i cannot work out, I have a 48 button instrument, is that playing melody on both sides, I run out of higher buttons on the left, apart from buying a 55 button instrument, which i am thinking about doing sometime, what is the solution, if there is one ? regards Karl
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    Happy New Year 2015 From Jody Kruskal

    Hi Jody, Happy New Year to you, Will you be touring the UK in 2015 ? Best wishes Karl and Liz
  10. Hi All, I have now had a Crane for about 6 months, I can play tunes in C,G,D. I can play tunes on the right, with basic 2 or 3 button chords on the left, or I play the tune on both side for a little more volume. I have just realised ( a little thick ! ) that i am mainly playing in the same octave on both sides when playing the melody. Should i be aiming to play the melody on the left, an octave lower than the right ? Is there any Crane player out there, who would be willing to give some more guidance ? possibly have a chat on Skype ? Kind regards Karl
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    Lachenal 20 Button Anglo In G/d ?

    Hi There, I do apologise for the font, It was a mistake. I have just bought a Lachenal 20 button Anglo. It has been "branded" into the wood " Church Army 17 " so I imagine it was originally a Ab/Eb. It needs a small repair to the bellows and some refelting to the buttons. I was most surprised when I started playing and thought ??, that's not C/G ! Karl
  12. Hi All, I am just wondering, I have seen many 20 button anglo's in C/G. Are they common in G/D ? Karl
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    Problem With New Bellows.

    Hi Folks, Thanks for all your advice, i will contact the dealer, these are brand new just made bellows. I am not enjoying playing my Jefferies at the moment, as i have to make sure that both ends of the instrument are totally parallel, or the bellows do not meet evenly, playing on the push is much harder that on the pull. Will let you know the outcome 1 Cheers Karl
  14. Hi All, I have just had a new set of bellows fitted to my Jefferies. This was arranged by the dealer from whom I bought the Jefferies about 6 months ago. It had a 6 fold bellows and has come back with a 7 fold ! My question is:- ‚ÄčThe bellows don't close uniformly, but close on the left 3-4 folds, before closing on the right. This is difficult when playing on the push, as I have to adjust the height of the left side higher, so they close, or the left side of the bellows seems to drop and would cause a problem. Will this sort itself out as they get played in ? how may hours playing could it take, I am playing for a Ceilidh on Saturday night and think I will have to play my melodeon. regards Karl
  15. Hi All, I now have a Lachenal 48 button Crane Duet which I bought from Chris Algar. I am loving it ! I am really an Anglo player, which i play in Octaves and in the English harmonic style. My question is:- What are the main styles of playing the Crane ? Do most play in octaves ? or right hand melody, left hand chords ? I can find information on the Maccan, but there is not much out there for the Crane, or am i looking in the wrong places !! I have a copy of the Salvation Army Tutor which is a help, regards Karl