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Charlotte

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Hello to all budding concertina players.

 

I started playing the concertina around christmas, and I'm enjoying it. I haven't really played any other instruments before, so all this musical stuff is new to me.

 

Today I tried recording what I played. That was an eye opener! :blink: It sounded somewhat different from what I experienced when playing. Suddenly I could clearly hear the wrong notes, the lack of rhythm, and the asthmatic fits of my concertina (30 button G/C anglo - Stagi). I think that recording the noise I produce ( and forcing myself to listen to it afterwards) will eventually help me to learn to master that little beast.

 

Do you have any good tricks?

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It sounded somewhat different from what I experienced when playing. Suddenly I could clearly hear the wrong notes, the lack of rhythm,

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This is perfectly normal - have you ever listened to a recording of your own voice? (And realized that you didn't like it?)

Well, then...

 

And, come on: you've pressed the buttons on this thing for only two weeks - it is supposed to sound weird!!

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and the asthmatic fits of my concertina (30 button G/C anglo - Stagi)

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Good sign! This is where the longing for something better starts...

 

/Henrik

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The only "trick" I know is to play a tune very slowly (but in the right rhythm for the tune) - imagine that the reel, jig, or whatever it is that takes your fancy is a slow air .... Most tunes sound OK like this, and it gives you a chance to get to know your way around the notes. Then you can gradually (GRADUALLY) speed it up. It's taken me a couple of years to speed up a slip jig to near the right speed. Enjoy the ride!

Samantha

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