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  1. I am very new to playing the concertina, and am having trouble with the right hand being too quiet when playing an accompanying chord on the left hand. The left hand notes always seem to overpower the right when played in unison. If there is already a conversation about this, I welcome the link. I am trying to figure out if it is a. Human error b. Flaw/damage in instrument c. Both a and b d. Normal. and what I can do to remedy it. Thanks!
  2. I'm feeling really discouraged. I can't play tunes at a consistent level and am always crashing and burning at sessions, even when I can play the tunes at home. I know the answer to this problem is more practice, but I could use some encouragement. Anyone?
  3. Teaching Anglo concertina lessons at home and on skype all over the globe has been a continuing pleasure. My students come to me for a variety of reasons and I try to figure out just what they need to get the most out of the customized lessons I offer. A recent example... Some friends of mine in the theater recommended me to Doug Shapiro. He asked me to teach him how to play a few concertina songs for a theater production, now in rehearsal. He described it as “an audience immersion Avant-Garde show” ... well alright! His theater company had bought him a pret
  4. Hi everyone, I'm brand new to the concertina and have been perusing these forums for the past couple days looking for advice. Wanting to learn a new instrument, I bought an old Anglo 20 button Scholer off ebay to try (20 button to start out, and Scholer b/c from the reading I did, for price range going vintage vs new/made in China seemed the way to go.) I got it a couple of days ago, and it seems in pretty good shape, all the buttons have clear sounds, definitely something I could practice on. But, here is my issue. Since everything else on the market is C/G, I mistakenly didn't notice
  5. Inspired by Jody's current thread but from a different angle, could experienced players give advice to a newbie on contributing to a band with a concertina. When practicing contradance tunes, I usually play an um-pa (1st-3rd&5th) chordal left hand to fill out the sound. But in a group that seems messy. A sharp block chord chop, perhaps on the up beat seems better. Does that seem right? Any other tips on how to make everyone happy that a concertina joined the group? I'm struggling, so I'd like to be practicing the same way I'm going to perform.
  6. Scandinavian Squeeze-In April 22-24, 2016 (last full weekend in April) This will be our 17th annual SSI. Once again in the main scout house at Gamlegård, in Torna Hällestad, Skåne (southern Sweden). All squeezers and would-be squeezers are invited. (In fact, non-squeezers and even non-musician accompanying persons are welcome if they don't mind our obsession.) Please see our web site -- http://www.nonce.dk/SSI/ -- for much more information. -------- In addition to here, I've posted the notice in the concertina.net Calendar (accessible through the menu at the top of this
  7. Hi everyone. I´m sure I´m not the first Maccann player who ask this. I have been playing this system for a year now and I have the feeling of not getting better. There are no videos I could find of Maccann duet teaching and there are only a couple videos on Youtube of people playing it. Also living in Buenos Aires, Argentina does not help. I´m the only concertina player in maybe the whole country (and this is a big country) So I would be very thankful to anyone who can give me some tips or info. Anyone giving lessons online? Thank you so much!
  8. Scandinavian Squeeze-In April 22-24, 2016 (last full weekend in April) Like our inspiration, America's Northeast Squeeze-In (NESI), we have no pre-arranged instructors. Instead, we share our knowledge and experience, with participants among themselves matching up "I want to learn" with "I can teach", or even a "let's compare notes" (pun acknowledged) seminar format, to construct a workshop schedule. Something you've always wanted to learn but for which you haven't found a teacher or source, just ask. You could get lucky, as others have in the past. And now it's even possible to ask i
  9. Hey! I'm new here and a very wet being the ears player, I've been learning anglo for nearly a year now on a secondhand scholer (cue sounds of fainted bodies hitting the floor), but am absolutely in love with this instrument, and harbouring a bit of a silly pipedream about learning to build or at least repair them one day. It seems a bti of a difficult world to get into though, Does anybody have any advice on how I might get into learning short of travelling to Castelfidardo for some years? I live in north wales now and the nearest concertina maker seems to be in Newport. I am trying to learn a
  10. Have wanted to post about this for a while so finally here it is. I've wanted to mention is how helpful -- for learning -- I've found my digital photo frames to be. There are a few on the market that have the ability to play MP3s, from either SD cards or USB sticks, while they show whatever pics you put on them. I have a few of the ones made by Micca (though, not all models of the Micca have an audio capability). They don't cost much to run, though you do have to plug them in. I use one as my cockatoo's 'television' -- he loves it. I have MP3s of TOTMs and other concertina so
  11. My daughter (17) thinks she would like to learn the concertina. She is not the most musical person in the world but she does play the guitar. Which is the easiest type of concertina for a novice to play. She probably would play it as a solo instrument. We are in west London.
  12. Apologies for such a newbie question. I'm learning English Concertina as my first musical instrument and trying to gain a better understanding of the accidental buttons and playing in keys other than C major/A minor. On a piano keyboard, many of the white keys have a black key on either side of them - they could be said to have both a flat and a sharp adjacent to them. On the EC keyboard, there is only one accidental adjacent to each natural. Sometimes it is a sharp, sometimes it is a flat. My question is, what is the logic behind whether a particular accidental is flat or sharp? For e
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