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First Tune You Learned On The Concertina


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Ah thanks, Kimberly, that means a lot to me.

 

The funny thing was someone suggested that I play for this church, he didn't want to because it was on Christmas Eve. He wanted me to play the mandolin, but I for some reason felt more comfortable and confident with the concertina.

 

I shall never understand this as I don't play in front of people and certainly not as a solo.

 

Got to kick start myself and do more of this.

 

Helen

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I have since come to the realization that I should learn to play the music to the dances I don't like to dance. This way I can dance what I like and play when I'm not dancing (at least someday when I can play good enough)

 

:lol: That's exactly what I decided to do as a novice player when I started helping with the music for morris last year! Also, I refused to learn the tunes for the dances I love to dance. Unfortunately, now I'm getting proficient enough that I can pick up most of our tunes pretty easily. Also, I'm one of the more experienced dancers on a team with lots of newbies, so I end up dancing more than playing at most stands.

 

Good thing I like to do both! :D

 

 

(This sounds a lot like bragging but it's not meant to be!) :blink:

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Good for you, Allison. Sounds like fun.

 

When I was first learning to play the hammer dulcimer, I was trying to learn tunes that I had never heard. Didn't work.

 

I like the idea of playing for dances. I was in a pick up band with the dulcimer. Been thinking of going back with the accordion (BIG BAND), I wouldn't stand out. But maybe I should give the concertina a whirl, so to speak.

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I would have learned my first concertina tune in 1978. Its identity is lost in the mists of time -- or is it only a mental fog? It could have been something off a Michael Cooney album (his baritone EC was the first concertina I ever got to try); or from the Richard Carlin book; or maybe it was something that I knew already on guitar.

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May as well add my voice here.

 

The first time I ever played a concertina was, as I've mentioned before, at a friend's party, where I experimented with the English concertina he'd just bought. I figured out a Macedonian song, in 2-part harmony, in the key of Eb (as I realized some years later).

 

Some months later I was loaned another English. Memory is vague, but I think the first tune I worked up on that was the hornpipe Harvest Home.

 

Between returning the borrowed English and getting one of my own, I had a cheap anglo, on which I played a few tunes for a local Morris team, though I don't remember specifically which tunes.

 

That was all a long time ago.

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Ba Ba Blacksheep, to annoy my daughter who had started fiddle (sorry violin) lessons at school. followed by winster gallop, and rakes of mallow. Simple tunes with repeating finger patterns.

 

I then went to an early 'concertina for beginners' workshop at whitby folk festival given by Dave Townsend. Came away so depressed and dismayed by all the so-called 'beginners' that I put the instrument in its box, locked in the spare room, and would not let it out until it had at least learned its scales!

 

Dave

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Oh great idea, Dave.

 

I'm going to lock mine right up.

 

Did it work?

 

Helen

 

Edited to change*my* to *mine* although leaving *my* would have made for an interesting idea.

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My first tune on the concertina was I believe the Balleydesmond Polka #3. I chose it

because it was easy to play on the C row. Within a month or so I had picked out the Kesh, the Lilting Banshee and Jimmy Wards Favorite (all can be played mostly on the

C row). I really didn't start doing reels until I started learning to cross row a bit (except for the last phrase the Kesh can be played just with two fingers :)).

 

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Bill

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I got my English (Jack) yesterday. After tinkering around a bit, I figured out several notes of The Imperial March. You know, to pay homage to my total Star Wars nerdiness.

 

You may all point and laugh, now.

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Monks March was my first tune, played on a Stagi bought from the Music Room.

Morris Tunes are infectious and some quite repetitive so good to learn. Mind you im bias as I play for my local side. Ive now graduated to a Lachenal Anglo and a Duet.

 

This Concertina thing is also infectious once you start you soon get addicted. my 3 boxes stare down at me from the wardrobe by my bed and are the last and first things I see when go to bed or wake up - Sad !

 

 

 

David

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If you Hit the air button and slowly work the bellows in and out, you can do a fair impression of Darth Vader's breathing, too! Slap a dust mask over your face to muffle your voice, and use my red plastic slide whistle as a lightsaber, and you'll be a hero to all the 6 year olds in your neighborhood! :ph34r: (Darth Smiley)

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Monks March was my first tune, played on a Stagi bought from the Music Room.

 

                                          David

I think at the time I bought my cheapo 48 English from Hobgoblin (Stagi?) I was totally bowled over by Alastair Anderson's book and LP Concertina Workshop. What a great introduction that was and what a shame there is nothing comparable available today. The first tune I learnt was The Blarney Pilgrim.

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