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by Anyanka
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The Road Not Taken.
Replies: 16
Views: 287

Re: The Road Not Taken.

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I was talked out of taking up the piano at age 12. I do sometimes wonder how proficient I might be at my various instruments now if it hadn't been for that derailment! However, I don't think that I would have taken the professional route: art was and is the path for me, ...
by Anyanka
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 691

Re: Useful practice alternative?

jozz wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:40 am
how about the Claviola?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMeVgLRe9hA

It just might fit in your car. Its sound cannot be beat.
I'd describe that as a Grand Melodica.
by Anyanka
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 691

Re: Useful practice alternative?

Hi Kirsten, I can recommend these Russian chromatic boxes, as they can be played by just laying them flat on the table. Very useful if you end up with a temporary back or tendon problem, and the sounds you can get out of them are incredible, as you'll hear in the clip. [...] :lol: That'd be so usef...
by Anyanka
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 691

Re: Useful practice alternative?

Yep, she's a bit good alright ! I do wonder why 'they' never offered a Melodica in other keyboards.... perhaps the market is too small. Still there is always the Accordina. Only three rows on the current Accordinas but...... www.accordinas.com www.josephcarrel.com I'd have one of those quite happil...
by Anyanka
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 691

Useful practice alternative?

You could keep one of these in the car, for when you're stuck in a traffic jam.... The melodica. Karen Tweed makes it sound like an accordion without the bass, but then she's a bit good at this kind of thing. If they made a CBM (chromatic button melodica), I'd be seriously tempted to get one for por...
by Anyanka
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Early Music Training
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: Early Music Training

Sounds like a lot of us had bad early experiences with music teachers! Me too - at school, music was mainly taught top-down, i.e. the teacher would play something on the piano for our edification and talk at us about music theory. My private music teacher (recorder lessons from age 7 onwards) went o...
by Anyanka
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Inspiration during the summer
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: Inspiration during the summer

Excellent! I've added Vishten to my Spotify list too - never heard of them, although they are Right Up My Street.
by Anyanka
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Inspiration during the summer
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: Inspiration during the summer

Thanks for sharing the Batkovic video - that's very much my taste in accordion music! I've just found his album on Spotify, will listen to that as soon as the hoovering noise stops (somebody else is cleaning the house, so I won't complain!!!) ;) Calan are lovely - I have several of their CDs and hav...
by Anyanka
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Heavy Accordion
Replies: 26
Views: 784

Re: Heavy Accordion

I used to play a Pigini Wing, 4-voice, 120 bass, which was designed particularly for lightweightness - but it did sound thinner than standard accordions, and after I acquired the C37 with its much richer tone, I could not have gone back... for me, the only alternative to that now would be a non-conv...
by Anyanka
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Where can I get a back pad/ bellows protector?
Replies: 22
Views: 577

Re: Where can I get a back pad/ bellows protector?

I am a rather well endowed lady and it's to protect my assets, not my box....believe me they do get in the way :) Funny, your name made me assume that you were male! I'm not massively well endowed but I also find it uncomfortable/dogdy to play without bellows protectors. My husband claims that he c...
by Anyanka
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: jazz standards
Replies: 20
Views: 640

Re: jazz standards

Not free, but very good value - the Real Books. Huge number of jazz standards with melody and chords.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Real-Book-Fake ... 0634060384
by Anyanka
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Piermaria or Pierre Mario?
Replies: 11
Views: 260

Re: Piermaria or Pierre Mario?

I’ve been looking for a good instrument to play folk on in a separate thread and Jamie Smiths accordion was mentioned. I think this is actually a Pierre Mario though and not a Piermaria- am I right? What are Piermarias like as I’ve spotted what looks like a decent 96 bass 3 voice box? I've peered a...
by Anyanka
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Thrash it out in Thrace!
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Thrash it out in Thrace!

maugein96 wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:02 am
Is this "off topic", or would you prefer a deep fried Topic to a Mars bar?
:lol:
by Anyanka
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Thrash it out in Thrace!
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Thrash it out in Thrace!

Interesting that the Swedish bagpipe has been accepted by players in other countries. In Scotland it seems we have fairly rigid rules concerning traditional musical instruments, and very few would dare to experiment. Or at least that's the way it was when I was young. The Northumbrian pipers are ve...
by Anyanka
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Hot hot hot
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: Hot hot hot

Isn't it typical? Something like six weeks of no rain and increasing heat until I went to Bridport Festival with my Morris side on Friday. By Saturday evening it was blowing a gale and by Sunday morning everything in my tent was damp (the accordion was in a car boot) and Rain Stopped Play. Quite lit...
by Anyanka
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Thrash it out in Thrace!
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Thrash it out in Thrace!

I've been to Sweden a few times but have never heard or seen the säckpipa, which I believe are local to the Dalarna (Dales) area of the country. As usual, you know more than I do - I just play the thing! Here's a video featuring a lovely säckpipa duet (a German tune, but I like it) between two very...
by Anyanka
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Hohner Tango II (late 1930's)
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: Hohner Tango II (late 1930's)

Wow - great job, it sounds lovely! The Husband once acquired an ancient Hohner Tango for a ridiculously small sum, with the intention of using it for spares. I implored him to fix it/restore it for me as I really liked the sound of it (it had a fairground type bass) but luckily for him, I eventually...
by Anyanka
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Thrash it out in Thrace!
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Thrash it out in Thrace!

I do not play the Great Highland Pipes! I have two sets of English border pipes, a Scandinavian säckpipa, Northumbrian smallpipes and Scottish smallpipes. The Northumbrians are the most difficult of the lot, because the holes are very close together and you only lift one finger at a time. The Swedis...
by Anyanka
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Accordions (and accessories) Wanted
Topic: Seeking a 72 bass dry tuned instrument
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: Seeking a 72 bass dry tuned instrument

I can only see two P36es on ebay right now, both very attractive.... difficult decision! I don't know how much the current English Pigini dealer would charge (no website), but you could get a new Preludio from a good German dealer for 2690 Euros, i.e. something like £2400. Bearing that in mind, £130...
by Anyanka
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Thrash it out in Thrace!
Replies: 14
Views: 420

Re: Thrash it out in Thrace!

[...[ if you don't get those fingers and wrists elasticated enough before your mid teens, then you've got to accept the limitations that confronts most "adult beginners". Those of us who are determined enough will give it our best shot, but it's safer just to watch in awe at the virtuosity of the "...