Long Haired David Posted December 17, 2011 Share Posted December 17, 2011 This time last year I pulled out my el cheapo concertina that I had been messing with for about 18 months and decided that I would play Jingle Bells for the grandchildren on Christmas Day. Well, that was a complete disaster so id ecided that I had to take this thing seriously. Over the next 4 months I practised hard, went to "Melodions and More" for a day's training with Anahata and Mary Humphries, and lastly swapped my instrument for a very nice 20 key anglo Lachenal. I have been practising hard ever since but I seem to hit a brick wall all of the time. At long last I seem to be able to play from the dots without making too many mistakes but I really want to be able to play without the music. Simple tunes line Shepherds Hey, Young Collins, etc.seem to be OK and I can play them pretty well without mistakes. However, when I get to something more complicated - I like 20's and 30's music - like 'If You Knew Susie' or 'Chattanooga Choo Choo, which I can play happily from the dots, I find it very difficult to play without stupid mistakes. It is getting to the point where it is becoming stressful to play these tunes. How do I go about resolving this? Should I play them 10 times over every day or what? Suggestions would be very helpful. David Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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