Long Haired David Posted February 9, 2011 Author Share Posted February 9, 2011 At the end of March I am going to the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust Melodions and More day. Hopefully I can get some real help with my concertina playing. I am concious that I am using a £75 Blue and Yellow 20 key Stagi that I picked up on EBay but I wouldn't have spent any more to find out if I liked this activity. I have decided that I love it and can spend 2 hours every evening just playing tunes - not well - lots of mistakes - but it will get better. I am assuming that my concertina will stand out but I am not sure that that matters. Now I have been casting around to see what I can do next and thinking about what could be better with my instrument. It seems to me that my bellows is/are fairly firm and that it would make for easier playing if they were somewhat softer but when I look at instrument specs, the ones with leather bellows are all up at £1,000 and I am NEVER going to pay that just to sit at home and amuse myself (I am 65 coming on 66 so have no pretentions of pblic playing). I have seen mention of Rochelle instruments and can see a 30 key one for £300. As I would not be able to try one of these before purchase (arthritis in the knees and hips limits how far I want to go), has anyone any opinions on whether this would be a good move? David I'll be going to melodeons & more for the 3rd time in march. First time I went I had one of the cheap 30buttons from hobgoblin (bellows were stiff at first but after about a year they were okay) and had learnt the tunes in the wrong key. (Oy! no laughing). I now have a Tedrow C/G which has helped my playing...as sometime the old scarlatti (I sold it last year...but if it came up for sale again I'd buy it back in a heartbeat) had trouble keeping up with me. Which classes have you chosen? btw. try as many concertina's at M&M as you can gives you an idea of what you want. I have had the concertina for about 2 years and in the beginning just learned the basic C keys. I dropped it until Xmas 2010 when I vowed that I would play Jingle Bells for the family. I did, although it didn't sound too good. Since then I have been practicing up to 2 hours every day and am now confident in both C and G but make lots of fingering mistakes (head running ahead of music, I'm afraid). I am also struggling with the penny whistle! Hence, I thought I would attend the beginners but I was told that this was for absolute beginners and I would be better off in the other classes. On that advice I have signed up for 5. Mary Humphreys in the morning and 12. Liam Robinson in the afternoon. I have a bonus coming at the end of March so I am keen to look at what is there on the trade stands. David Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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