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Title: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on November 08, 2017, 07:16:17 PM
I have been thinking for some time about giving up playing the melodeon.

 It is fair to say that playing has been an on and off love affair for around 37 years. I have had long periods of time when I have not played, but I have always been interested in listening to English Folk Music. It occurred to me today that I don't really want to play anymore. Its sad but maybe could be liberating.
Has anyone else gone through this?
Lizzy
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Helena Handcart on November 08, 2017, 07:26:11 PM
Only overnight, after seeing the likes of Squeezy, Andy Cutting, Saul Rose, Ollie King, JK etc. in concert.  The usual cycle is first half of gig: wow I'm really inspired, second half of gig: wow, I'm never going to bother playing again, morning after: sod it I want to play  :|||:
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: David J on November 08, 2017, 07:31:54 PM
Nicely put, Helena.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: GPS on November 08, 2017, 08:13:46 PM
Personally, no I haven't; but I have experienced the same feelings with other activities I have been involved in over the years. There's no simple answer; obviously as a committed melodeonista I would say no, whatever you do don't leave us; on the other hand, if it really doesn't give you pleasure any more and the drive to do it has gone then there is only one course of action. I really don't know; only you can truly decide what's best for you. I know this is no real help, but I can empathise with your feelings as I have had to make similar decisions in other fields. Don't rush into a decision; think about it, sleep on it,sleep on it some more and if you still feel the same way in a couple of months or so , then maybe......

Graham
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: mselic on November 08, 2017, 08:53:40 PM
I think the key to answering your question lies in your reasons for doing so. If it is coming from a place of genuine disinterest, that's one thing, but if it's coming from a place of feeling unworthy, not good enough, frustration, or any space or feeling of lack, then I would strongly suggest you not give up for such reasons. I know the feeling, but giving up from such a space is rarely an empowering decision, and results in a feeling of contraction rather than one of expansion or joy.  If it brings you joy, keep doing it. If leaving it behind brings liberation, then you have your answer. Follow what makes you feel bigger, better, and more free : )
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Julian S on November 08, 2017, 09:09:56 PM
I had a one-to-one tutorial session with a great player last year - a 'significant' birthday present from my wife. I have to say that as we went home afterwards I seriously considered taking up the banjo or stamp collecting instead but sanity returned quite quickly...because I realised that playing traditional music has been the great love of my life and no matter what level or ability we achieve it can be wonderful fun and a fantastic way to switch off from life's pressures.
I also have gone through periods when I didn't play for months - I could easily have decided to give up playing completely - but I'm so glad I simply left the box in it's box. It didn't seem to mind. And I very much echo the comments of GPS and mselic !

J


Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Winston Smith on November 08, 2017, 09:39:02 PM
If you do finally decide to give up, speaking from my own experience with an English concertina, I would strongly encourage you to keep hold of your favourite box. I sold my concertina after hardly playing it for a number of years, but after another couple of years I had the urge to squeeze again, and it got worse and worse. Not having the funds for another decent concertina, I moved on to a £7.01 melodeon from good old eBay. The rest is history, and now, although suffering from M.A.D., I'm a happy man again.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: playandteach on November 08, 2017, 10:32:56 PM
I absolutely have felt that way. For me it was too long a period without identifiable progress. I started writing tunes, the first time this happened. The second time I move into DG English stuff for a change. Now I'm trying to learn by ear and memory rather than dots. So if one area of melodeon playing has plateaued then I seek different challenges. Feeling frustrated again at losing the tunes that I have just learnt but this time I have a group to play with every week and that makes a real difference.
I gave up the piano accordion quite happily, though like Edward I wish I hadn't sold the Brandoni. (I would like a quality small accordion again for when odd keys come up, but I can't justify the cost just now).
37 years is a long time. The clarinet gave me up after a similar period and I haven't let myself miss that.
Is there something else you'd like to do with the time instead?
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on November 09, 2017, 08:44:25 AM
Thanks you all for your time, helpful comments and suggestions and for sharing your own thoughts.

I think the main reason is having enjoyed playing English tunes up and down the rows for many years, for Morris and in sessions and enjoying it, I now play across the rows more often than not, and complicated tunes which I can't free myself from some form of notation as I can't always remember all the chord structures. The group I play with sight read very well and quite often choose music that does not sit easily on the melodeon, so I struggle with that, and feel the pressure for lots of practise.  I can read music but not quickly onto the box..(as discussed in another thread.)  Perhaps I have got out of touch with why I originally played. In the past I used to  play and not think too much about it, so maybe I now overthink it. Perhaps I should go back to playing more simple tunes that I am able to play well and enjoy and without notation to support.  What would I do with my extra time?  that is a very good question. I'm considering training to be a listener in the Hospice but I could still play and manage that. I am retired so indulging in my interests.
It has been really helpful to read others experiences thank you, I'll keep thinking.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: george garside on November 09, 2017, 08:48:47 AM
.)   . Perhaps I should go back to playing more simple tunes that I am able to play well and enjoy and without notation to support.   .

I think you have just hit the nail right on the head!

george ;)
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on November 09, 2017, 09:27:18 AM
Thanks George  (:)
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: JonathanC on November 09, 2017, 09:31:26 AM
it is fair to say that playing has been an on and off love affair for around 37 years.

So it’s probably also fair to say you are just going through a 'off' period at the moment.     Don’t give it up,  even if you did you will still be a melodeon player on account of the fact you having played it for 37 years :-). 

Don’t stress over it, that’s what takes the fun out of it.    Musicians that can sight read whilst playing aren't necessarily better than you,  you can quite possibly pick up a tune form ear better than they can.   Maybe introduce a tune into your groups repertoire that you know well, and can try to encourage them to try without the dots, and restore the balance! ;-)
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on November 09, 2017, 09:50:13 AM
  ( Maybe introduce a tune into your groups repertoire that you know well, and can try to encourage them to try without the dots, and restore the balance!)

Thanks Jonathan.

I have tried to encourage play without dots, but they resist saying it  takes up too much time, too much repetition and can't be remembered, and then the discussion of playing by ear and dots starts and thats another thread! :)
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: malcolmbebb on November 09, 2017, 09:57:14 AM
Yes, it sounds like it's moved from being a pleasure to being a chore and an obligation. As above, move away from your practice group for a while. Maybe just find a few pub sessions and re-discover the fun.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: playandteach on November 09, 2017, 10:06:11 AM
I can't free myself from some form of notation as I can't always remember all the chord structures. The group I play with sight read very well and quite often choose music that does not sit easily on the melodeon, so I struggle with that, and feel the pressure for lots of practise.  I can read music but not quickly onto the box..(as discussed in another thread.) 
This resonates well with me. I obviously read well on other instruments, but reading on the melodeon - especially DG box (I'm primarily a GC player) is sometimes humiliating. I have to work hard to remember that I am not defined by my weaknesses, but by my strengths. I take pride in the efforts I'm making to improve my memory of tunes, too. And look on the progress rather than the current state of my abilities.
Good luck.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 09, 2017, 10:39:57 AM
I can't free myself from some form of notation as I can't always remember all the chord structures. The group I play with sight read very well and quite often choose music that does not sit easily on the melodeon, so I struggle with that, and feel the pressure for lots of practise.  I can read music but not quickly onto the box..(as discussed in another thread.) 

Sounds to me that there is an issue with the company you are keeping, more than with you (:)
They may be very nice people and skilled musicians, but they don't sound like the company I would choose.

1. From a recent thread, it seemed clear to me that sight reading on the melodeon is genuinely more difficult than playing tunes by sight (on most other instruments). This seems to be nearly everyone's experience, including some fine players . It's certainly mine.

2. Unless I'm reading something into this you didn't say, this group seems to skate over tunes, getting another one under their belt, rather than getting to know them. I prefer to embrace them  and experiment over a period of time.

3. There are not really any simple tunes. Just tunes that haven't been fully explored, yet. If you don't believe me dig out something like Squeezy playing No Man's jig with the Eiiza Carthy band. This is probably the simplest melody I know but I bet your group couldn't make a noise this good, without someone arranging it dot by dot for them (if then) and then they would be stuck with one way of playing it .

4. It wouldn't surprise me if they forget how to play it two minutes after they finish playing it.

I could go on, but you get my drift.

Seems to me what you need is to find a group of people who like to enjoy making music rather than a group that idealises demonstrating their superior skills in one small area of it that is not considered important, or even desirable by an awful lot of us.

Even if they are as marvelous as they think they are, it appears they don't make music in the way you enjoy. I would give them up, not the instrument.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Steve Coombes on November 09, 2017, 11:09:18 AM
I'd like to echo what the recent posts have said. When I started out I found a number of Irish sessions, while great fun I never felt entirely at ease, then folk festivals showed me there was a whole other world of fine English music out there and I knew then where I was happiest.
Pursue your happy place.

Steve
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 09, 2017, 11:24:43 AM

I have tried to encourage play without dots, but they resist saying it  takes up too much time, too much repetition and can't be remembered, and then the discussion of playing by ear and dots starts and thats another thread! :)

Just out of interest, Tiny (Lizzy?), what sort of music are they playing that they don't think  is worth the effort of learning?
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on November 09, 2017, 11:46:20 AM
Again thanks for all the thoughts, there is more than an element of truth in what has been said above. I really like the people I play with and consider them to be good friends, however musically maybe we come from a different place. We play some English tunes but always with a harmony line or maybe two and yes they don't get played for long before we move onto another tune.  This can work well especially if a group are deciding on whether a tune is to be put into the repertoire, but it can lead to frustration.

"I could go on, but you get my drift" (sorry don't know how to put it into a blue quote)

Yes I do:)  and yours and others thoughts have given me something to really think about. Something that perhaps I have been pushing aside.

I'm going to go and play Oscar Woods Jig. :|||: (:)
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on November 09, 2017, 11:55:08 AM
"Just out of interest, Tiny (Lizzy?), what sort of music are they playing that they don't think  is worth the effort of learning?"

Yes my name is Lizzy :)

I don't think it is the sort of music that is being played but them wanting to play something once or maybe twice and then move on, so the repertoire is huge. I like playing a tune over and over until you can sink into it and its part of you. Also learning by ear (as we know) is a skill that does take time and patience, but once its there it tends to remain. We occasionally play for events which almost always requires new music to fit in with a theme. As I type I can see the problem, or my problem. Ah well I hope this makes some sense. Thanks again.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: george garside on November 09, 2017, 12:44:14 PM
At the risk of thread drift I think there are fundamental differences between good dotists and good readers.

The dotists know that they can look whats on a piece of paper and  , often without  further ado, play it at an acceptable level.  The route is  visual i.e visual input to the processor (bit of the brain)  which then sends signals down the arm to the fingers etc etc.  The processor knows that there is no need to remember the tune as the process of looking at the paper can easily be repeated- the storage is the paper!

The earists work on an audible input  to the storage/memory bit of the brain and for most people the storage is not completed until the tune has been listened to and maybe played several times. When the tune us to be played it has to be transferred from the storage module to the processor from where on the process is the same as for the dotist i.e message down the arm etc

This means that often the earist is buggered when playing with the type of dotist  who is forever playing 'new' tunes that he has found the sheet of paper for.   On the other hand the dotist is equally buggered  when the earist starts to play endless tunes, eg in a session,  without any visible means of support!

george
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Steve C. on November 09, 2017, 01:22:19 PM
A strong second to Edwards thoughts previous.  I had done the same, tho another instrument, thinking, I'll never be interested in this again, etc. etc.
Of course, 3 or 4 years later....
If you can afford to keep it, just store it away for some period, say 5 years?  After than, might be safe...
Or you could loan it to a deserving member of the parrish nearby...
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 09, 2017, 01:39:30 PM
A strong second to Edwards thoughts previous.  I had done the same, tho another instrument, thinking, I'll never be interested in this again, etc. etc.
Of course, 3 or 4 years later....
If you can afford to keep it, just store it away for some period, say 5 years?  After than, might be safe...
Or you could loan it to a deserving member of the parrish nearby...

Bags I the Erika :D
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Mike Carney on November 09, 2017, 02:14:55 PM
It sounds like a tough place to be in and I know others have felt like giving up.  I am with Greg on this one...it seems to be more about your outlet for playing than your ability, style or other issues. From your description the gang you are hooked up with don't seem to match what you are looking for.
A bit of research for a session playing opportunity might be a good move - maybe someone on the Forum can advise locations.
And book onto the English Country Music weekend next year in June, where you will leave feeling encouraged and affirmed.
M
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on November 09, 2017, 02:45:24 PM

Bags I the Erika :D
[/quote]  :D :D :D
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Theo on November 09, 2017, 04:49:34 PM
I can understand your dilemma Tiny. For several years I was in a dance band that had a huge repertoire and every month or two the leader would come out with a couple more sets of tubes to learn.  The result was we often played music that was not properly bedded in.  In took me a while of trying to encourage a different approach but eventually to make the decision to leave. It was awrench but I’ve never regretted it.  I found other people to play with and now have a band where we have enjoyed playing the same great tunes for more than ten years,  and I think the dancers we play for have a better time too!
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on November 09, 2017, 05:02:36 PM
"  The result was we often played music that was not properly bedded in."

Yes Theo that is what it feels like. I suppose I can see that now. What a great forum this is, squeezed it out of myself eventually, with a lot of help. Sorry for the pun!  :Ph
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: george garside on November 09, 2017, 05:10:40 PM
   .  I found other people to play with and now have a band where we have enjoyed playing the same great tunes for more than ten years,  and I think the dancers we play for have a better time too!

How true!  I have followed a similar route  but fortunately have never been expected to learn a TUBE!

george ;D
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: sticky fingers on November 09, 2017, 05:11:21 PM
Had a 4 year break in the late 90s, did me a world of good!, best wishes, sf.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Gary Chapin on November 10, 2017, 04:50:12 PM
I've never thought of giving up the melodeon, but I have given up every other instrument I play in order to focus on the melodeon. I am now returning to low key piano and guitar, but it was completely legitimate for me to set those aside for a while. Even within melodeon, though, I've found myself saying no to things that I "shouldn't have" but then was completely happy that I did. There's a prominent festival here in New England that is considered the pinnacle, but -- for whatever reason -- it was never a good time for me. Very stressful for a lot of the reasons you allude to in your note. Finally, this year, I said, "No," when my band was talking about going. Another thing, my current band, has come about after years of saying no to playing opportunities and possible band mates -- I was waiting for the right folks to come along, and they did! I love my current group.

This may sound selfish, but this is the primary joy of my life (other than kids, etc.) I resist compromising it.

It's completely legitimate to say, "No." Even to melodeon, if that's not the joy of your life.

Gary
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: jikeym on February 04, 2018, 09:11:35 PM
I can certainly relate to what you are feeling. I have played musical instruments since I was 13yrs old but have, periodically, fell out of favour with them. I began playing keyboard/organ then onto Highland Bagpipe then onto Scottish smallpipes, then brief spells on Irish whistle and guitar and now onto melodeon.
My opinion is that you should not feel guilt or regret but just follow your instinct and ensure your hobby is something that you enjoy.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Pete Dunk on February 04, 2018, 11:25:42 PM
Yes Theo that is what it feels like. I suppose I can see that now. What a great forum this is, squeezed it out of myself eventually, with a lot of help. Sorry for the pun!  :Ph

So do you now realise that the problem isn't yours and that your angst is largely unfounded? Don't give up, play on and have pride in your skills, don't be browbeaten by others with hangups!
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: sammypenn on February 05, 2018, 10:39:17 AM
 If you stop playing, I'll come round there and smack your legs [and you know I mean it] >:E
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: mr hohner on February 08, 2018, 10:35:22 PM
If you stop playing, I'll come round there and smack your legs [and you know I mean it] >:E

Seconded...

Just seen this Lizz... you taught me to play I think almost from primary school age... you taught me lots and now my little brother is also taking lessons with you and he loves telling me on the rare occasions that I see him that he’s “learnt a really cool tune” or “Kieran... Lizz says you learnt this tune and it took you much longer than it took me” 😂😂😂 , you inspired me and I’m now possibly in a position to make a career out of it... It was and still is the most wonderful feeling when I played the Bear Dance with my little brother together in Leominster priory after I’d just sung choral evensong, he needs you to help him thrive and flourish and I love him to have the same chance and teacher that his big brother had all those years ago!
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on February 09, 2018, 12:45:15 PM
Well what can I say.  (:)

 Kieran thank you for your very kind words. Its nice to hear how you are and your possible plans.

I seem to have got over my mini meltdown on giving up, and I'm having a second lease of life on the melodeon. Having thought it through and adjusted some of my commitments, I find I am now enjoying playing again. After the next school event I am going to return to my English music and European tunes. I'm finding I like playing my favourite tunes over and over until we become one.
Everyone here has been so helpful, a big thank you.  :|||:

Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Steve_freereeder on February 09, 2018, 12:46:55 PM
Hooray! Pleased to hear this, Lizzy!  (:)
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on February 09, 2018, 12:49:06 PM
Thanks Steve  (:)
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on February 09, 2018, 01:50:07 PM
1) Lizzy - how did you get that emo to flash and substitute for a letter?
2) I was stupid enough to dispose of my three voice, el cheapo Klingenthaler in G (I still don't remember where it went!) in the early 90's. Of  course, only a few years later, I was bitten by the bug again and was properly infected this time. I have others, but I still wish I had my original ...  :(
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: sammypenn on February 09, 2018, 02:14:57 PM
 See the threat of violence always works. I still have nightmares about a long drive with a first melodeon. all I could hear was a little voice saying push-pull, push-pull, push-pull, push-pull, pull-push, pull-push. pull-push. all the way home. :-[
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on February 09, 2018, 02:24:29 PM
I suppose this means you're not going to give me your Erica. Great to know you've recovered your melodeon mojo.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: MarioP on February 09, 2018, 02:31:03 PM
i'm not going to sugar coat it :P how much for your melodeon? perhaps another question for the Buy/Sale threads.

will you still keep your collection? ;)
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on February 09, 2018, 02:39:19 PM
Ebor, I have no idea if I have done something different, I just clicked on the squeezy emoji .

Teehee re Erica......and I wouldn't say I have a collection compared to others here, more like a small shopping list!

Melodeon Mojo sounds good eh! I like it.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on February 09, 2018, 02:54:39 PM
still pushing and pulling.

push pull push pull push pull pull push
g       a     b     c      d     e     f#   g

with the arm movements it becomes air melodeon ;D
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: lefthandsqueezer on February 10, 2018, 04:05:48 PM
I've joined this topic late but I would like to say, I have had the same experience and I did give up for a few years then came back to it. My problem was I reached a sort of plateau, it seemed to me no matter how much I practiced I did not seem to improve so the box was packed away. At the time I was going to sessions regularly and listening to Andy Cutting and Squeezy John and the like and continued to listen but not play, so I still had a liking for the music. So now fast forward to a couple of years ago when I got the box out again practiced up a little and went back to my local-ish session. What fun I didn't realised what I had been missing out on all that time. So my advice would be.
Take a little time out if you need to
Remember, You are you so get comfortable with yourself and play in your style. Don't worry about trying to be as good as the pro's
Play the tunes the way you want to and don't bother with learning tunes you don't like. Just because it's a session standard doesn't mean it's a good tune.
Try to practice a little every day. I think half an hour to an hour a day is better than masses at the weekend and nothing during the week.
Be critical of yourself but remember, strive for excellence not perfection. There is no such thing as perfection.
Above all HAVE FUN.
Sorry if I'm off topic a bit as I have not read the whole thread here, but I do know feeling of "I don't seem to be making any progress"
 :-\
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Lyra on February 17, 2018, 05:47:18 AM
I've just joined a flute choir. I was a bit taken aback when the leader said "oh, well if you've played that before you won't want to do it again". Well, yes I will actually because I like it and enjoy playing it. I don't want to "conquer and move on". It sort of (sorry) struck a chord with this thread and does seem to be an approach to music some have. And that's fine - it's just not mine.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: sammypenn on February 17, 2018, 09:49:47 PM
  High Tiny. I've got a bit of a puzzle here, perhaps you can help. I have tried most of the approx. 35 melodeons in this house and friends boxes. And I find that the majority don't have a g on the push 3rd button, I have found, Eb. F. D. C. and A. Do you think I've got this tuning thing wrong, Or is there some other reason other than the Sauvignon Blank  again. (:) Dion
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Pete Dunk on February 18, 2018, 11:31:12 AM
You obviously live in an area where boxes tuned in Bb/Eb, C/F, A/D are common. In England D/G is the most popular tuning and in France G/C is the most popular, either of these would have a push G on the third button of a two row 19 or 21 button box.

Edited to add: There are also a lot of boxes around that are fourth button start . . .
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: sammypenn on February 19, 2018, 03:40:46 PM
  Oh dear, sorry about this, it was only supposed to be a gentle leg pull for Tiny. But I do know that D/G is the only keys being played in England, all because one man decided to order those keys from Hohner, which he thought would suit fiddle players best. Completely ignoring the old players who usually played in C. So now we are stuck with the awful high squeaky G row. Some places it is true use G/C in France, in fact I've just changed a Erica for a friend for French stuff. We sometimes do have just C/F sessions over here in the Welsh Borders, always fun when you catch out the guitar, banjo and other instrument players who have only learned G/D because they thought that they only need to learn to play in those keys. Tiny. I might pull your leg but I would not really have smacked them [well not very hard anyway, Dion :-[ :|glug
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on February 19, 2018, 04:57:58 PM
(Heresy Section) Which is why I enjoy playing Bear Dance (Am) followed by Horse's Brawl (G/Gm). It soon sorts out the melodeon players - apart from the two who come regularly and sit by me. I am just learning the combo on the box myself and it's a b*gger deciding which one to use. Mind, George would have no problem!
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on February 20, 2018, 06:19:57 PM
Quote
We sometimes do have just C/F sessions over here in the Welsh Borders,

I would be very interested in those....where are they and when? such a lovely mellow sound.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: tiny on February 20, 2018, 06:22:04 PM
Quote
followed by Horse's Brawl (G/Gm)

Yes a lovely change of key ....
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: GPS on February 20, 2018, 08:26:12 PM
  But I do know that D/G is the only keys being played in England,.

Absolutely NOT true; there are lots of players of C/F, G/C and Bb/Eb boxes in England, and A/D is not unknown. Not to mention the B/C brigade, the C one-rowers.  OK, D/G, for whatever historical reasons,may be the most common, but it's certainly not by any means the ONLY combination.
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: AnnC on February 20, 2018, 08:53:53 PM
  But I do know that D/G is the only keys being played in England,.

Absolutely NOT true; there are lots of players of C/F, G/C and Bb/Eb boxes in England, and A/D is not unknown. Not to mention the B/C brigade, the C one-rowers.  OK, D/G, for whatever historical reasons,may be the most common, but it's certainly not by any means the ONLY combination.

 ;D the singer/ guitarist in our band prefers the Bb/Eb and C/F boxes to sing to, they suit the pitch of his voice and have a resonance that can make people weep ( or that could just be the awful standard of my playing  :o ..... driving people to tears... :|||: ;D)
Title: Re: I am thinking of giving up playing the melodeon
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on February 21, 2018, 01:23:09 PM
Liliputs rule!