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I love how an anglo concertina can remind you of a harmonica (not surprisingly I guess!) This one reminds me of old westerns/cowboy movies, where someone is looking out on a vast landscape with long horizons - playing their harmonica! - maybe with a good dash of Copeland - and then ambling off on their horse (complete with horse clip-clopping music..you know the sort I mean?) It's funny because this new tune is actually based on Scottish folklore (maybe not so funny when you consider how influential Scottish music has been on the American sound). Not only Scottish folklore and American overtones, but also a poem recited with hints of an Australian accent and set against the English landscape of Worcestershire
Musical Notation for beginners
jonnymickey posted a topic in Teaching and LearningI am an absolute beginner currently working my way through Gary Coovers excellent book 'Easy Anglo 123' on my 20 button. I am finding that my brain is reading the fingering notation and ignoring the notes on the stave. I worry that I am getting into bad habits particularly when I find that other sources of tunes use different or no fingering notation. I have just discovered ABC and see that as a way of keeping a collection of tunes I like and can perform but its only of use if easyABC will display gary's fingering notation. Is there a way of making it do that or is there a better app to achieve this? There are fonts available which will display notes plus the associated fingering but I cannot see a way of changing easyABC's musical note font. I am a retired IT professional trying to keep sane in these difficult times and I really find that learning the concertina is a rewarding pasttime. Thanks in anticipation of help.
The Rose, Fieldtown, On A 20 Button
Mikefule posted a topic in General Concertina Discussionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUkAHuTzqIc I'm quite proud of this. It's the simplest and most basic box, but this particular tune fits it nicely offering plenty of accompaniment options.
Strange And Guilty Pleasures
Mikefule posted a topic in General Concertina DiscussionI finally got around to buying a 20 button Lachenal Anglo a couple of weeks ago. My other boxes are a 30 button Dipper and a 37 button Jeffries, so this is a deliberate step down in quality, range and versatility. The benefits of the 20 button Anglo are about the same as the benefits of the unicycle compared to the bicycle: it's cheaper and does less, but in a more quirky and challenging way, and its surprisingly better at some things. 5 fold bellows instead of the 7 fold I am used to: good for discipline. I have a bad habit of playing with my bellows stretched too far. The Lachenal is helping me to cure this. No accidental row ("bonus row") means certain chords and alternative fingerings that I rely heavily on are simply not available, forcing me to find alternatives. Fewer fingering options in each direction forces me out of some of the bad habits of playing a blurred legato. Back to the "in and out" Anglo staccato sound. No low bass for the root of the 4th chord - which makes the bad habit melodeon style oom-pah no longer an option when this chord is needed, forcing me to find a different approach. Walking basses are also much harder to find. Finding the octave below the melody is often the easiest option, and sometimes a note needs holding or repeating where I would deliberately introduce more variety on the 30 or 37 button boxes. Somehow, I get more of the "crunchy Anglo sound" this way. Not exactly Kimber, of course, but there are at least hints of that robust style starting to show through. Some tunes simply won't fit, and others need relearning - and now and again I find something that I can keep when I transfer back to the other boxes. A strange pleasure, indeed. And guilty? Because when I turn up at my next lesson and I have spent less time than I should have on that tricky series of minor chords on the Jeffries? "Well, it was like this: I was obsessively playing a box worth a tenth as much and relearning the stuff we covered in lessons 4 or 5 years ago." For anyone out there with a 30 or more button Anglo, a nice little 20 is recommended as a refreshing sorbet to clear your palate between courses of more elaborate music.