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Title: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: brackenrigg on May 22, 2017, 05:21:13 PM
How would people react to joining Witney Concertinas, Accordions and Melodeons all into one weekend?
Good idea or 7th circle of hell with too many different instruments going all at once?
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Rees on May 22, 2017, 07:54:35 PM
Indeed, way too many numbers when added together.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: malcolmbebb on May 22, 2017, 07:56:52 PM
While you're at it, why not include Strings/Fiddles at Witney too!

Because if he fiddles too much with the format he'll get strung up?
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Helena Handcart on May 22, 2017, 10:24:12 PM
While you're at it, why not include Strings/Fiddles at Witney too!

Because if he fiddles too much with the format he'll get strung up?

As will you if you make puns like that Bebb.
Title: Melodeons at Witney 2017
Post by: Lester on June 08, 2017, 03:30:00 PM
Seems the M@W is no longer to be a thing, we are being lumped together with the lesser forms of free reed instruments  :-\

From Dave Townsend

WITNEY SUPERSQUEEZE

A Weekend Music Course for
Concertinas, Melodeons and Accordions

When & Where?
This new event will take place at Henry Box School, Witney, nr. Oxford, on 10th - 12th November 2017.

What’s New?
It’s a larger-scale weekend replacing Concertinas at Witney, Melodeons at Witney and Accordions at Witney. Some course units will be for specific instruments, some will be for any squeezebox, and there will be band and ensemble options as well.

What’s Old?
Like the former Hands On Music Weekends, it will  follow the same structure of course units, working with different tutors, and a concert with them on Saturday night. Music will be available a few weeks beforehand. And as always there will be top-rated tutors, some familiar faces and some less-known, all with an established track record in teaching and inspiring.

The weekend is non-residential, and is for adults who can already play their instrument.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Theo on June 08, 2017, 03:36:11 PM
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Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: nigelr on June 08, 2017, 04:10:57 PM
Oh well, at least that's free'd up the weekend to do something else and saved the cost of a B&B in Witney :(
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Andy Next Tune on June 08, 2017, 05:45:53 PM
Oh ****, well it was fun while it lasted :(

A larger scale event might make things more financially viable for DT, and one event is definitely easier to organise than three. 

It will be interesting to see how many workshops are offered to keep the three separate free-reed communities happy. But it must diminish the choice for the melodeon community, particularly for 'technical/skills' workshops at all levels.

I wasn't planning on attending this year, but it will be interesting to compare the level of attendance to the melodeon only event.

Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 08, 2017, 05:51:23 PM
Hmm.... Massively mixed feelings about this one but will give it a chance and see what is on offer before deciding. I certainly won't be playing the 'pay first and see what the workshops are later'  game though.

The Witney hotel room comes with free cancellation so at this stage there is nothing to lose I guess.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Julian S on June 08, 2017, 05:56:33 PM
Disappointed, but I can think of ways of spending the money I will save if I don't go.. ::).six melodeons is not quite enough in my mind, given that one of them( a Gremlin branded 'cajun' one row in c )deserves a new home...
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 08, 2017, 06:10:19 PM
Having been a tutor three successive years running, I won't be this year, and indeed was not expecting to be asked again this time. In other years recently when I've not been a tutor, I've mostly gone along anyway 'just for the ride' and to help out as needed, as I've always found melodeons at Witney immensely enjoyable.

But this year I was debating whether to go at all, as I have a gig in Sheffield on the Friday evening. I think the news of the combined instruments super-squeeze has pretty much decided it for me, and so I will not be there. I'm sure everyone who attends will have a good time, and I will be interested to learn how it all goes. But as I have been going to M@W every year since 1999 anyway, I think it's now time for a change.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Mike Carney on June 08, 2017, 06:46:38 PM
So did  Geoff W. have a crystal ball or is this just bizarre timing? I remain rather puzzled.
Anyway, I may give it a go as I was thinking of coming in the van. It is hard when landmark events change, makes me feel insecure. But it is a commercial  thing in the end. Maybe that's why.
Mike
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 09, 2017, 01:19:25 PM
Disappointed by this. I'm not interested in band or ensemble options, having gained little from similar workshops elsewhere. I also expect that workshops for 'any squeezebox' will be less beneficial than those that are melodeon specific, for obvious reasons. I'll wait to see what the programme looks like before deciding, but it seems likely that I won't bother attending any more. This is a shame because I've attended and enjoyed almost every Melodeons at Witney since the late 1990s. C'est la vie!
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Sue on June 09, 2017, 03:46:56 PM
Where is the info on this; I can't see anything on the Hands on Music website?
Sue
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Lester on June 09, 2017, 04:06:04 PM
Where is the info on this; I can't see anything on the Hands on Music website?
Sue

The bit in italics in my post above came from an email DT sent to the m@w mailing list (and a@w and c@w I guess)
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 09, 2017, 04:30:21 PM
Where is the info on this; I can't see anything on the Hands on Music website?
Sue
The Hands on Music website is very out of date and it may eventually be replaced.
I've just received the same e-mail that Lester mentioned:

Quote
From Dave Townsend

WITNEY SUPERSQUEEZE

A Weekend Music Course for
Concertinas, Melodeons and Accordions

When & Where?
This new event will take place at Henry Box School, Witney, nr. Oxford, on 10th - 12th November 2017.

What’s New?
It’s a larger-scale weekend replacing Concertinas at Witney, Melodeons at Witney and Accordions at Witney. Some course units will be for specific instruments, some will be for any squeezebox, and there will be band and ensemble options as well.

What’s Old?
Like the former Hands On Music Weekends, it will  follow the same structure of course units, working with different tutors, and a concert with them on Saturday night. Music will be available a few weeks beforehand. And as always there will be top-rated tutors, some familiar faces and some less-known, all with an established track record in teaching and inspiring.

The weekend is non-residential, and is for adults who can already play their instrument.

Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Sue on June 09, 2017, 07:09:09 PM
Thanks, I haven't had an email yet, I should be on both lists.  Hope it's not my email system playing up again.
Sue
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: playandteach on June 09, 2017, 09:30:52 PM
I really enjoyed the last one (my only melodeon event to date) and that was partly the tutors, partly the workshops, and mainly being lucky in good company.
I can't see that I'd make the long drive again for an unknown - especially as I really need gentle support as the novice ensemble player I am (not having a repertoire of session tunes - and really don't fancy a large gathering of mixed instruments.
I wish them well, but shan't be investing in it (time, distance and cost - which was very reasonable really) until I have more feedback.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: heartshaped1 on June 11, 2017, 06:17:24 PM
Oh no!  This is very bad news for me.  As someone who only plays in one morris team, is not from a folk background and therefore doesn't know anyone as such, and doesn't have the courage yet to go to a session, Witney was the highlight of my melodeon year.  I've only been three times and the first time I had a tiny cry on the way home having learnt so much and met so many lovely people.  As someone who finds it hard to speak to people I don't know, the brilliant thing about Witney was that you knew that everyone in the room had at least one thing in common with you - we all play melodeon, so at least there was common ground.

I, like P&T definitely wish them well but like others I am not sure yet if it's for me, I would need to see a programme I think, but my initial thoughts are that I probably won't go.  Very sad about this, I guess I'll have to see if I can make the big trek to Mendlesham instead!
Vicky.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: malcolmbebb on June 11, 2017, 06:31:01 PM
I think the company aspect won't change. The concertina crowd were pretty friendly when I went, might need to keep an eye on the PA players to stop them getting too legato at sessions  >:E.
I was thinking of going this year but it's wait and see now.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Sue on June 11, 2017, 07:15:13 PM
  I have been to the odd day at Concertinas @ W, but catering for three different concertina systems did reduce the number of useful technical workshops, and I didn't much go for band and ensemble playing.  I don't know why Dave has decided on this change but I'm rather sorry about it.  I don't live far from Witney and I have found M @ W a great help and encouragement in the past.  Ah well, wait and see what the new programme looks like.
Sue
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 11, 2017, 07:31:05 PM
I'm really not sure about this and my attendance will depend on who's going and what the programme looks like. I kinda like just being the melodeon crowd and don't understand why the change has taken place.  I am particularly concerned about classes being shared between melodeons and PAs as the two are just entirely different beasts with different functions and different techniques (plus I might accidentally come into contact with one which can't be good for my skin)  :|glug
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: playandteach on June 11, 2017, 07:50:12 PM
(plus I might accidentally come into contact with one which can't be good for my skin) 
Or your collection instinct. I can echo heart shaped. It is the only thing I've plucked up courage for, and would otherwise have been reattending.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 11, 2017, 07:53:03 PM
As someone idly cruising this thread as I was wondering about going ...... surely the impetus is driven by  simple economics?
i.e. only hiring the venue for one weekend instead of three must save money for a start?

It seems to have taken a different turn to the normal event format and now it doesn't seem as appealing as before.
Q

Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 11, 2017, 08:15:49 PM
(plus I might accidentally come into contact with one which can't be good for my skin) 
Or your collection instinct. I can echo heart shaped. It is the only thing I've plucked up courage for, and would otherwise have been reattending.

I can assure you coming into contact with PAs does not make me want to start collecting them.  >:E
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: malcolmbebb on June 11, 2017, 08:23:46 PM
As someone idly cruising this thread as I was wondering about going ...... surely the impetus is driven by  simple economics?
I would suspect that age, the passage of time, and wanting to have a bit more life may have a bearing. I'm sure it's a great deal of work.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 11, 2017, 08:41:13 PM
Yes Malcolm that too must have a bearing.
Until you step up to organising anything  you don't realise the work involved
Q
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Lyra on June 12, 2017, 06:20:10 AM
It's a bold step - what if it turns chilly or someone suggests singing round the campfire?  8)

Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: robotmay on June 12, 2017, 10:06:24 AM
In theory I should probably be the target audience for this, as I currently own one of each type of instrument ::)
I'm not sure how useful I'll find concertina workshops, however, as I play Bb Maccann Duet, which is pretty obscure and means I don't even have the same fingering patterns as other Maccann players. And although I currently have a nice PA, I'm not overly interested in learning more on it.

I was debating whether to go to MAW this year anyway, as staying in Witney is pretty pricey. I've had vague plans of setting up something more affordable (i.e. involving camping) for a while, but I've been procrastinating on it as usual ;D
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Theo on June 14, 2017, 11:45:03 AM
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New topic "Squeezing in the Dales" (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,20706.0.html)
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Steve_freereeder on July 08, 2017, 06:50:28 PM
Dave Townsend has asked me to post the following on this forum:

A NEW WEEKEND FROM HANDS ON MUSIC
 
WITNEY SUPERSQUEEZE
A Weekend Music Course for
Concertinas, Melodeons and Accordions
 
Murray Grainger (Accordion), Robert Harbron (English Concertina), Paul Hutchinson (Accordion),
Ollie King (Melodeon), Geert Oude Weernink (Melodeon), Matt Quinn (Melodeon & Duet Concertina), Dave Townsend (English Concertina), Andy Turner (Anglo Concertina), Rees Wesson (Melodeon)
 
When & Where?
This new event will take place at Henry Box School, Witney, nr. Oxford, on 10th - 12th November 2017.
 
What’s New?
It’s a larger-scale weekend replacing Concertinas at Witney, Melodeons at Witney and Accordions at Witney. Some course units will be for specific instruments, some will be for any squeezebox, and there will be band and ensemble options as well.
 
What’s Old?
Like the former Hands On Music Weekends, it will  follow the same structure of course units, working with different tutors, and a concert with them on Saturday night. Music will be available a few weeks beforehand. And as always there will be top-rated tutors, some familiar faces and some less-known, all with an established track record in teaching and inspiring.
 
Like the former weekends, there will be detailed workshops on aspects of technique and traditional styles, as well as ensembles and accompaniment.
 
The weekend is non-residential, and is for adults who can already play their instrument.
 
When can I book?
The new website is still under construction. We’re hoping to open bookings in about four weeks’ time.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Chris Ryall on July 09, 2017, 10:02:24 AM
The Scananavian squeeze in, April, near Lund operates very sucessfully taking all manner of boxes, Anglos, EC's and melodeons … in various keys!  But there are only about 20 participants, less this year.

So for sessions etc I'd suggest that the numbers "add up" … perhaps to too many? As for courses:  I'm sure the school can take it. But can the hotel?
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: robotmay on August 09, 2017, 10:04:50 AM
Any word on when bookings will be available yet? I think I've come around to the idea of going, mostly just because there's a lot of nice tutors there (even if they don't all play my instruments, the band stuff should be interesting).
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: brackenrigg on August 21, 2017, 10:41:03 AM
I am told you can now book (looked, but couldn't see where) ............................. before the courses have been finalised!!!!!
I wish DT very success with his new format.
http://www.davetownsendmusic.com/homweekends/
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Barry M on August 21, 2017, 11:13:02 AM
To book in go to the booking form page and cut and paste it into an email
I will wait until courses have been finalised to decide what to do this year
Having enjoyed Witney Melodeons over many years, since 2006, I also wish Dave Townsend success in his new format
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: robotmay on August 25, 2017, 12:47:36 AM
Right, I've sent my booking off. I'm curious to see what the workshops will be!
I've kinda run out of steam in going to workshops this past year, so it'll be nice to push myself a bit and try some on my ridiculous concertina (and perhaps even the PA I have lying around >:E)
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: robotmay on September 07, 2017, 11:47:16 AM
Course units went out last night, and there's some really fun looking stuff on there. I was really conflicted on what to choose for nearly every module, but on the plus-side that means there's not really any bad backup choices either (:)

I'm hopefully mostly doing concertina workshops because I feel I'll probably get more out of that (I'm definitely gonna struggle if the tunes end up in anything sharper than G :Ph ), but the melodeon workshops look exciting too.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Helena Handcart on September 07, 2017, 12:15:34 PM
Course units went out last night, and there's some really fun looking stuff on there. I was really conflicted on what to choose for nearly every module, but on the plus-side that means there's not really any bad backup choices either (:)

I'm hopefully mostly doing concertina workshops because I feel I'll probably get more out of that (I'm definitely gonna struggle if the tunes end up in anything sharper than G :Ph ), but the melodeon workshops look exciting too.

Still nothing on the website than I can see - can you share the details here?

(still not sure whether to go to Witney or Thrales weekend)
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: robotmay on September 07, 2017, 12:27:09 PM
Quote
WITNEY SUPERSQUEEZE 2017 COURSE UNITS

Choose one from each list, and also give a second choice in case your first choice is full
Details on Levels on the website

SATURDAY MORNING
A1 - Murray Grainger - French Music
A selection of French dance music from different traditions, with the emphasis on style and arrangement.
All Boxes (with special reference to Piano Accordion)
Level - I/H

A2 - Robert Harbron - Getting the Basics Right
A few simple tunes and the techniques needed to play them well.
English Concertina
Level - B/I

A3 - Paul Hutchinson - Spring Cleaning
How to de-clutter your accordion repertoire and brighten it up with a few simple ideas and techniques. Piano Accordion
Level - B/I

A4 - Ollie King - Right Hand Harmony
Looking at how to create chords and harmonies on the right hand of the melodeon, their musical application, and how to use them for accompaniment.
G/D Melodeon
Level - I/H

A5 - Geert Oude Weernink - Latin Passions
We will be exploring some spicy and rhythmical dance tunes from Latin America, such as Tango and Rumba.
G/D Melodeon
Level - I/H

A6 - Matt Quinn - Starting Out Across the Rows
How to make the best use of the alternative notes on the two rows of a G/D Melodeon, for fluency, rhythm, pace and harmony.
G/D Melodeon
Level - B/I

A7 - Dave Townsend - Concertina Harmony
How to make harmonies and chords sound good on the concertina. A little bit of work on how they are made, and a lot on how to use them.
All Concertinas
Level - I/H

A8 - Andy Turner - Playing with Punch
You’re an Anglo player, you've got a few simple dance tunes under your belt, now let's look at ways of making them more danceable.
Anglo Concertina
Level - B/I

A9 - Rees Wesson - One-Row Styles
Cajun, Zydeco and Irish styles which focus on the strengths of the one-row melodeon. This will be taught in D, so you can bring a D one-row or just work on the D row of your G/D melodeon.
G/D Melodeon or D One-Row Melodeon
Level - B/I


SATURDAY AFTERNOON
B1 - Murray Grainger - Accordion Basics
What you need for lively and musical accordion playing.
Piano Accordion
Level - B/I

B2 - Robert Harbron - Beyond the Dots
We will explore some trickier tunes and look at how a lighter touch on the instrument can help us play better and allow us to explore rhythm, groove, phrasing, ornamentation and harmony.
English Concertina
Level - I/H

B3 - Paul Hutchinson - Caveat Emptor
An opportunity to explore some tunes from the Keevil Manuscript
All Boxes
Level - I

B4 - Ollie King - Making New Tunes
Composing tunes for any squeezebox, working by ear  - this won’t require any knowledge of dots or anything like that. I write all my tunes by sitting down and improvising, so this will be the basis for the unit.
All Boxes, working mainly by ear
Level - I/H

B5 - Geert Oude Weernink - Tender Loving Bellows
Always wanted to play a sweet, romantic tune for your partner (to be), but you don't know how to? In this workshop we'll be playing French, Italian and other continental tunes.
G/D Melodeon
Level - B/I

B6 - Matt Quinn - Concertina Accompaniment
Exploring all the issues of harmony, balance and texture when creating concertina accompaniments,
with special reference to Duet systems.
All Concertinas
Level - I/H

B7 - Dave Townsend - Tunes from Northern England
A quick tour of  the North, from Lakeland fiddlers to Northumbrian pipers, Lancashire clogs to Yorkshire swords.
All Boxes
Level - B/I/H

B8 - Andy Turner - Playing for Dance
The full kit - rhythm, pace, arrangement, starts & stops.
All Boxes
Level - B/I/H

B9 - Rees Wesson - Blues & Cajun in F# Minor
Yes it’s for G/D Melodeon, exploring the knack of playing ‘backwards’ in the old Cajun manner, with the moody minor-key sound of the Swamp Blues. This unit is also suitable for accordion and concertina. So don’t be afraid, just watch out for the alligators.
G/D Melodeon, Concertina, Piano Accordion
Level - I/H


SUNDAY
C1 - Murray Grainger - Accordion Left Hand
How to get the best out of the standard accordion Bass layout, with different vamping patterns, adding basses together, and bass runs. You’ll need at least a 48-bass instrument to get the best out of this.
Piano Accordion
Level - B/I

C2 - Robert Harbron - Ensemble Building
Exploring techniques and strategies for playing with other musicians to create some spontaneous small ensembles within the group. We will work by ear as much as possible, using tunes which will be sent out in advance. For more confident players of all instruments. (all instruments, for more confident players).
All Boxes, mainly by ear
Level - I/H

C3 - Paul Hutchinson - Pre-Brexit Tunes
Gems such as Mikyael Turner’s Walc, Lithuanian Washerwoman et beaucoup plus   .   .   . with harmony parts too!
All Boxes (with special reference to Piano Accordion)
Level - I/H

C4 - Ollie King - Top Tricks to Improve Your Playing
I'll focus on small but simple playing techniques that can instantly improve your playing - as well as bad habits to avoid for the future.
G/D Melodeon
Level - B/I

C5 - Geert Oude Weernink - Chasing the Spider
In southern Italy lives the venomous tarantula spider. Once someone suffers a bite, they have to dance the tarantella - to the sound of an organetto and tambourin - for three hours in the baking sun to sweat out the venom   .   .   .
And that's what we'll be doing in this workshop; playing a variety of exciting dance music, with various layers and yes, with a little bit of sweat too!!
All Boxes
Level - B/I/H

C6 - Matt Quinn - Minor Chords on the Melodeon
Understanding how the minor chords on a standard G/D melodeon work, and learning where to put them.
G/D Melodeon
Level - I/H

C7 - Dave Townsend - Concertina Band: Tunes & Marches
The reply of a Lancashire concertina band veteran, on being asked what his band used to play, was ‘Tunes and marches’. This unit will re-create the sound of the concertina bands of the early twentieth century, with parts suitable for anyone who can read music reasonably well (parts will be available in advance). There will be bass and baritone English concertinas to borrow.
All Concertinas (with special reference to English System)
Level - I/H

C8 - Andy Turner - Three-Quarter Time
 - and 3/8 and 3/2 time as well! The great variety of tunes in triple rhythms, from various different traditions, for any squeezebox.
All Boxes
Level - B/I

[There is no C9]

Pow!
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Lester on September 07, 2017, 01:04:20 PM
Is it just me who's teeth itched at the repeated use of "G/D melodeon"   :-\
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: robotmay on September 07, 2017, 01:09:27 PM
Yeah there should definitely be some Bb/Eb stuff in there >:E
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Helena Handcart on September 07, 2017, 01:11:45 PM
Is it just me who's teeth itched at the repeated use of "G/D melodeon"   :-\

Nope, me too. Every year....
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Helena Handcart on September 07, 2017, 01:17:44 PM
Thanks for sharing the programme Rob, there are a couple of gems in there, sadly not enough to give me any desirable second choices should my favourites be full so I don't think I can risk it.  That's a shame  :(
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: brianread on September 07, 2017, 02:33:09 PM
Is it just me who's teeth itched at the repeated use of "G/D melodeon"   :-\

no, me to..
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Lester on September 07, 2017, 06:35:22 PM
Miserable of Wendover here
Quote
B9 - Rees Wesson - Blues & Cajun in F# Minor
Yes it’s for G/D Melodeon, exploring the knack of playing ‘backwards’ in the old Cajun manner, with the moody minor-key sound of the Swamp Blues. This unit is also suitable for accordion and concertina. So don’t be afraid, just watch out for the alligators.
G/D Melodeon, Concertina, Piano Accordion
Level - I/H

I've done a precursor of this a good few years ago at Witney with Rees. It was hard work for melodeon players as it is all not at all English style so required a lot of brain work on the part of the attendees and some really supportive prodding by Rees.

Add into this some PA players and concertina players of any of 3 systems and it would seem to be a recipe for disaster.

Wish Rees every success and I'm sure it will work out, but it will be to the detriment of the players of the one true free reed instrument.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Rees on September 07, 2017, 07:31:15 PM
Piece of cake Lester, there are only five notes in the scale. It's very similar to Irish one-row style.
Sorry it isn't English style but not everything is bloody Morris dancing!
Come one, come all and let's get the blues!  (:)

PS. I hope it's for D/G melodeon not G/D as I don't have one of those!
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: malcolmbebb on September 07, 2017, 07:39:55 PM
Might need to borrow a D/G concertina.  >:E
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: robotmay on September 07, 2017, 10:44:25 PM
Piece of cake Lester, there are only five notes in the scale. It's very similar to Irish one-row style.
Sorry it's isn't English style but not everything is bloody Morris dancing!
Come one, come all and let's get the blues!  (:)

PS. I hope it's for D/G melodeon not G/D as I don't have one of those!

Argh there are lots of things I wanted to do on the Saturday afternoon, your module included; it sounds like a lot of fun ;D
I've gone for Matt Quinn's one as a first choice though because I could definitely do with some harmony work on the concertina.

After seeing the module options I'm excited for this year's Witney; the evening sessions should be good fun and there's always something to learn from other instruments.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Chris Rayner on September 10, 2017, 07:16:17 AM
Is it just me who's teeth itched at the repeated use of "G/D melodeon"   :-\

Whose.  Who's the pedant now? 😉
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Barry M on September 20, 2017, 11:52:57 AM
Just had my confirmation for Super Squeeze
Looking forward to A4 Ollie King, B9 Rees Wesson and C6 Matt Quinn
Agree with robotmay lots to learn from other instruments
Should be an interesting weekend and concert


 
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Rees on September 20, 2017, 08:26:31 PM
Dave's just been on the blower, wants me to record some tunes for the workshops and provide the dots. Aaaaaaargh!
Doesn't he know I'm an artist?
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Simon W on October 19, 2017, 04:49:46 PM
The link to Music for the Supersqueeze and MP3's has just been mailed out  - plenty of learning time!

Simon
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Barry M on October 21, 2017, 01:14:32 PM
It's good that Witney Super Squeeze mail out the sheet music and sound files in advance
Dave Townsend's email on the 19th indicated that places were still available
Cheers
Barry
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Steve C. on October 22, 2017, 07:14:02 PM
This thread echoes thoughts about our own "North East Sqeeze In". 
But this side of the Pond, we really can't help it, hard to get a quoroum for melodeon "only", so we are used to the "free reed" concept. 
I don't know what yours will be like, ours is VERY concertina heavy, surprising (to me, anyway) how may PA's; probably button accordions (½ Irish and ½ not) only slightly more plentiful than CBA (!).
The concertina people seem to love it.  The rest, I think, show up.  Fun in a folk festival kinda way....
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: pete /acorn on November 13, 2017, 09:48:24 AM
Supersqueeze successs.

Got back late last night after what appeared to be a very successful weekend organised by Dave Townsend
Obviously I was there in a non playing capacity as a Trader but I saw no stand offs and instruments at 10 paces.

Everyone seemed to really enjoy the weekend and the concert was about the most entertaining one I have been to over the last few years.The concert highlight however which totally stole the show was a duet between Rees Wesson  on melodeon and Paul Hutchinson on piano accordion,brilliant.

Next year don't be put off by the mix of instruments,you just may learn something new from each other.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Peter Morris on November 13, 2017, 12:16:49 PM
Dear Melodeon players I did go to the supersqueeze this last weekend but with great apprehension. I went because I wanted to work on the different tunes Rees and Geert were offering but I thought it would be weird working with accordion and concertina players.

My first impression was they (non melodeon players) don't have horns and didn't worship the devil.  Seriously though there were positives and negatives. The negs first. I couldn't understand what accordian and English concertina players would get from Rees' F#m workshop,its just another key to them,  but Rees did a great job of including them. I missed a lot of you to chat with, swop melodeon stories, discuss how to do this and that, relative merits of three voice, two voice, three row, two row, one row etc and I missed the collective energy of lots of melodeons playing.

However the workshops on  tunes offered by Geert on mazurkas, tango, Italian tarantellas and the like were excellent for both melodeons and accordians, because it was about how to play the tunes and the accompanying bass chords in order to play these pieces successfully, so both instruments were equal in that. But the concertinas players needed to be fairly advanced to get a lot out of these workshops. 10 out of 10 for Geert for getting the best out of the different instruments. However melodeon players needed to be well prepared to get the most out of these tunes as the notes were more difficult for a box than an accordian. On the positive side the collective energy of so many instruments playing well carried you along even if, like me, you missed a few notes or bars.

Whilst I missed a lot of melodeons it was really interesting to see how accordians tackled the intricacies of the tunes and meeting new players was some compensation for the loss of the melodeons at Witney.

I left on Sunday afternoon feeling I want to go to a melodeon only weekend but I  will go again to the supersqueeze if it offers the balance for tutors and workshops matched to the instruments. I'm not so immersed in melodeons that I can't see the benefit of experiencing other instruments playing the same tunes. So yes I missed Melodeons at Witney but if it has to be supersqueeze then it's ok and an interesting experience.
Peter Morris DG player
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: robotmay on November 13, 2017, 01:48:25 PM
I'd say that's the best Witney event I've been to. The type of classes seemed to be more geared towards playing technique rather than just playing a few tunes, and the ensemble/band workshops on the Sunday seemed to work really well. Ollie's class on writing music produced a really nice tune!

I spent most of the time on my concertina as I have more to learn on that, but I think a lot of people missed out by not going because of the introduction of other instruments. You'd never normally have been able to do a class on the melodeon with people like Rob Harbron, who actually had a lot of great tips and techniques for all types of instruments. Some of the exercises in that class were really challenging. The duet concertina harmony workshop was er, compact, being just three of us including the tutor Matt ;D, but otherwise the classes seemed to be well attended and it was really good to get a chance to play with people on various instruments in the classes.

Definitely agree with Pete that the concert was great; it was a much better format than that of previous years. The Friday session in the hall was awkward as usual but we had a nice follow-up session in the New Inn.

I found more interesting things in the market this year too, which resulted in me buying a rather elderly Castagnari Dony ::)
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: squeezy on November 13, 2017, 01:54:31 PM
Nice to see everyone in my capacity as someone trying to sell you things!  It was interesting to see the results and talk to Ollie about the tune-writing workshop as I did a similar day-long workshop for Soundpost in Sheffield on the Saturday.  I have to say that I was fairly nervous about being asked to teach that at first, but actually it proved very successful and on the way made me think in really interesting ways about how I actually write tunes myself!

I also found more interesting things on the the market and ended up going away with an old miniature one-row in "B-ish"!  There might be another thread about that soon.
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: robotmay on November 13, 2017, 02:08:48 PM
I also found more interesting things on the the market and ended up going away with an old miniature one-row in "B-ish"!  There might be another thread about that soon.

I will be very disappointed if I don't see that in a session next year >:E
Title: Re: Witney Super-Squeeze
Post by: Steve_freereeder on November 13, 2017, 03:12:34 PM
I left on Sunday afternoon feeling I want to go to a melodeon only weekend but I  will go again to the supersqueeze if it offers the balance for tutors and workshops matched to the instruments. I'm not so immersed in melodeons that I can't see the benefit of experiencing other instruments playing the same tunes. So yes I missed Melodeons at Witney but if it has to be supersqueeze then it's ok and an interesting experience.
You could always come to Melodeons in Wensleydale (http://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk) next April! It's filling up fast but there are still some places left.