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  1. Hello, I'm confused about the way you learn a tune and add the chords. I'm painstakingly trying to remember the chords (and so also have to understand the different keys), that's one thing. My problem is more with fingers... For me adding anything out of the melody line means re-learning a different fingering. For simple tunes probably not, and even less so with simple octaves... but what about complicated pieces? For example I'm working on a classical piece and my fingers, all four of them, are already all over the place! High E can be played by four different fingers...I sometimes had to write down which finger went where to make sure I could continue the phrase. So what does this mean? Will I have to learn everything twice, with two different fingering? Or do I have to be so good that I can already imagine the fingers I'll need in the future? Or so comfortable that really it doesn't matter where my fingers are (actually I can see that happening at some point). I apologize if my formulation is unclear. I've already written five or six messages that I never posted because I wasn't even sure of what I was asking... --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FYI I have a Jackie and high notes are much much weaker than the other notes. A lot of advice has already been given to me on this forum - but it takes its own route in my brain. Things that I mentally thought were great hadn't sunk in, then resurface later and it clicks "yeah, that's what I have to do!". I'm confident it will be the same with chords. PS: I want to work on this chording/accompanying/enriching the melody...I've seen videos of Danny Chapman (Prof Rat on youtube) and he made me think that maybe I didn't need to try the duet system after all
  2. Looking for thoughts about making Irish tunes sound "more Irish". Does changing bellows direction on every note, or every other note make a difference...as opposed to playing several notes on a draw or push? Emphasizing the first note in a measure? Any other tips? Thanks! I'm playing a C/G Anglo.
  3. Hi all, I am wondering what might be the best way to play the triplet (B C# D) in the Sligo Maid: https://thesession.org/tunes/399 I am playing an Anglo C/G with double C#s on the first button, top row, right hand. If I play all 3 on the draw (RH) it isn't smooth, nor is it if I push(LH, RH, LH). I'm not sure if it is just that I'm not good/fast/practiced enough, or what. Any thoughts? Thanks, Susan
  4. I've been looking over the chart for English concertina fingering as given here: http://www.concertina.com/fingering/ The first chart, English Concertina Keyboard -- http://www.concertina.com/fingering/images/english48-W842H736.gif has me wondering why it's shown as starting an octave above Middle C. This isn't 'wrong' but I can't figure out if it's actually 'correct' and I would in fact be somehow wrong to show the chart with the lowest C being notated with a capital C, not the small c. So, I would have started with the low G being lower, notated as G, -- then continue up going G#, Ab, Bb, B, C -- etc --- simply an octave lower than it's given on the chart. Sound-wise, the chart is more correct, maybe? But as far as what I'd want to read or write on the musical staff, I think I'd want to go with the lower octave start. Am I missing something...?
  5. So I recently learned the Foxhunters in A, so obviously there's gonna be that pesky g# in the 4th part. How do you anglo players handle that? avoid it? change fingering positions? play a different note. Take your 'tina to the shop to have a g# installed where it's easier to reach, to the tune of $$$, just so you can play that one reel? Me?--I either play the b above the a, instead of the g#, or I 'll sometimes play the f# below the a. I have to play real slooooow to even hope to get up to the g# in standard position, and I haven't really tried changing positions yet. In G, Foxhunter's is much more concertina friendly. I do like it in A though, really slamming that c# is alot of fun, twisty fingering notwithstanding. (edited to correct spelling.)
  6. I am a new concertina player and am mostly teaching myself with the help of various DVDs, CDs and tutorial books. I LOVE the tune "Glasgow Reel" (aka Tamlin) and though I have the sheet music for it, it seems pretty tricky on my C/G Anglo. Am I foolish to try to learn this???? Any suggestions??? Thanks, Susan
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