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  1. As I study the Anglo concertina and play gigs, I’m often thinking of how my instrument can stand in for a whole band. This is a sort of playing I only do solo. On the other hand, when one of my bands is playing with me I leave things out, my role is much more spare, leaving room for the other instruments to play and for me to concentrate on my part. Still, solo harmonic concertina can be a very cool thing and when I’m playing that way, I do my best to supply all the elements that a band provides. Melody, bass, internal lines, answering voices, parallel harmony and the most important element of all... rhythmic groove, mostly provided by the bellows. When I hear a solo instrument perform this trick successfully then it makes me sit up and take notice. Care to share your favorite solo instrumental performances that emulates a whole band? Many piano players can sound like a whole band backing them up for a song. Bach wrote great solo works for cello and violin that did this sort of thing. Bobby McFerrin, with his looping electronics can do it with his voice alone. Kora and M'Bira can do it in the world of African traditional music. Live concertina is capable of this trick as well, and as I get better at it, I find that listening to other great solo instrumentalists can be very inspiring. Who should I listen to next? To start this discussion off: Here is a guy who does it all on guitar. Amazing...Tommy Emmanuel - Guitar Boogie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lbvSBNLLoo Who do you think I should listen to next?
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