conzertino Posted May 24, 2016 Share Posted May 24, 2016 Discussing MIDI-concertinas in various threads I started thinking... There was the wish to produce inexpensive concertinas, so that every child could get one!?!? But would I really want my child ( I don't have one ) to play concertina?? At the age of six I started off with the recorder, piano at eight and guitar at ten. When I was 16 I discovered folk-music. It was the late Ted Furey who taught me my first Irish tune! After that I worked my way through any possible kind of acoustic music ( blues, skiffle, bluegrass, 12-string guitar picking, morris, trad Irish, Scottish,Shetland, French etc. ) and the related instruments ( I had well over 80 different ones when was a student ). Somehow I got stuck on the English concertina. But why? By now I play almost anything on it ( tango, balkan, musette, classical, jazz, klezmer etc... ), but nothing feels or sounds quite right, simply because none of it was written for the concertina. And the nineteens century salon-music that was written for the concertina doesn't appeal to me. Ok, the concertina is a cute little instrument that can easily be carried around and played without tuning. I usually mention that amongst the blind the one-eyed is king. Especially over here on the continent I'm usually the best concertina player around - simply because I am the only one! So I think that I would let my child learn violin or clarinet, because they are very versatile for almost any kind of music!? On the other hand, had I put the same amount of effort and practise into the concertina that would be required to be good on violin or clarinet, I would most likely be really good on the concertina!?!? And may be my child would not listen to his father and run off with one of the Aeolas after all... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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