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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #80 on: May 13, 2019, 12:55:00 PM »

Yes another excellent weekend: well done Bob and his team for some inspiring tutors in a great venue.
Pity I didn't get to meet any other Melnetters other than Julian S, Tufty, Gena, and Vicky.
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« Reply #81 on: May 13, 2019, 01:37:55 PM »

Thank you for a brilliant weekend. I enjoyed every minute and have learned a great deal. Looked at lots of melodeons and am now thoroughly befuddled. Happy though.
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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #82 on: May 13, 2019, 02:06:22 PM »

What a weekend ..... probably the best melodeon workshop event I've been to, ever! Thank you Bob and the team  ;D

Two brilliant workshops with Toon caused me major brain overloads, but really opened up new insights into creating music with melodeons and extracting the most from our funny instruments.

There's so much to remember, practice and hopefully incorporate into my playing.

And that concert - just stunning musicianship.

Finally, it was lovely to be among such a friendly bunch of people, lots of renewing of old acquaintances and making new ones.

PS Hugh, we met at the Friday night session - we even had a brief conversation about people not using their real name on Melnet!
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« Reply #83 on: May 13, 2019, 02:52:55 PM »

PS Hugh, we met at the Friday night session - we even had a brief conversation about people not using their real name on Melnet!

Ah yes I remember. I didn't recognise you from your Melnet photo as you weren't wearing a straw hat!
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« Reply #84 on: May 13, 2019, 07:08:42 PM »

I also met you, Hugh. I was quite taken aback at how tall you were, and you; how short I was!
Enjoyed your playing at the sessions, nevertheless.
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« Reply #85 on: May 13, 2019, 10:06:04 PM »

I'd forgotten it was this weekend ... I'm glad to see how much everyone enjoyed it again ... I thought the first one last year was incredible ... you lucky people!
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« Reply #86 on: May 13, 2019, 10:09:53 PM »

Thanks to Bob and team,and the staff at the venue.
Good to meet lots of people, existing customers and new.
Special thanks to those customers who decided to make a purchase.
More events coming up that Acorn Instruments will be involved with,and exhibiting at.
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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #87 on: May 14, 2019, 09:16:26 AM »

And now to apply some of what I learned - more time on scales, chords, experimentation, revisiting tunes (and looking at the tunes from the workshops I missed) but fundamentally for me, more focussed practising. The wonderful playing of the tutors comes through hard work and application (which I have to say I lack !)

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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #88 on: May 14, 2019, 12:25:07 PM »

And now to apply some of what I learned - more time on scales, chords,

I felt (and true perhaps with some others in Pascale's GC group?), that I was a bit humbled about not being immediately able to put my fingers on chords (right hand chords). Of course part of the problem was playing DG the whole day before, and that confusion between having some chords in common, but in different places.
I have resolved to resolve this issue with some exercises. I know my layout is different (has Gs and As in both directions) but this rarely affects sharing patterns of chords - although the buttons might be in different places occasionally. In other words, for example, we can all play a low position C chord, but I steal my G from the outside row.
Of course these exercises would also translate to DG, but with different chord names.
If anyone is interested I could share a pdf of these exercises (late night thoughts) and perhaps a video too. But only if it might be of interest.
Thanks again, Bob and Brian, plus the others who helped organise the event.
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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #89 on: May 14, 2019, 01:01:08 PM »

I felt (and true perhaps with some others in Pascale's GC group?), that I was a bit humbled about not being immediately able to put my fingers on chords (right hand chords). Of course part of the problem was playing DG the whole day before, and that confusion between having some chords in common, but in different places.

Might I suggest your study include organizing your chords by the I/IV/V method rather than chord naming?  Like scale/arpeggio/chord patterns on a two-row keyboard, this allows the player to swap boxes of different keys without the hassle of changing the chord naming not unlike using solfa for melodies.

I learnt this on guitar and it is very handy.
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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #90 on: May 14, 2019, 03:12:42 PM »

I felt (and true perhaps with some others in Pascale's GC group?), that I was a bit humbled about not being immediately able to put my fingers on chords (right hand chords). Of course part of the problem was playing DG the whole day before, and that confusion between having some chords in common, but in different places.

Might I suggest your study include organizing your chords by the I/IV/V method rather than chord naming?  Like scale/arpeggio/chord patterns on a two-row keyboard, this allows the player to swap boxes of different keys without the hassle of changing the chord naming not unlike using solfa for melodies.

I learnt this on guitar and it is very handy.

I agree. It makes a huge difference when swopping melodeons.
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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #91 on: May 14, 2019, 03:17:48 PM »

What a great and well organised weekend.  Thank you Bob and Brian.  Lovely to meet some new people and make contact again with old friends.
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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #92 on: May 14, 2019, 04:15:51 PM »

I felt (and true perhaps with some others in Pascale's GC group?), that I was a bit humbled about not being immediately able to put my fingers on chords (right hand chords). Of course part of the problem was playing DG the whole day before, and that confusion between having some chords in common, but in different places.

Might I suggest your study include organizing your chords by the I/IV/V method rather than chord naming?  Like scale/arpeggio/chord patterns on a two-row keyboard, this allows the player to swap boxes of different keys without the hassle of changing the chord naming not unlike using solfa for melodies.

I learnt this on guitar and it is very handy.
I know what you mean, and appreciate the tip, but as I'm not sticking to a key, but using all the basses / chords in each exercise then the chords would become floaters, Am could be frequently chord I in the music I play, but then when I play a piece in C, it would be chord VI.
I am sticking for the purpose of this to only using G push chords, and F pull chords.(GC speak). Main issue is to build a combination of muscle memory (yes I know there's no such thing, except it is a good way of expressing it) and improve the knowledge of the note name of each button (one reason for sticking to one direction for the doubled chords). Despite my willingness to help others of course, this is aimed primarily at supporting my weaknesses.
Perhaps we'll see what the first one looks like and feels like. I suspect that it might even improve my ability to change boxes, as the right hand and left hand are tied together in these patterns.
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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #93 on: May 14, 2019, 04:22:42 PM »

P&T...

You're thinking backwards there.  If you think of the "functional" designation first (IIm7 for example), the actual pitch is a gimme...for every key.  If you go by the "pitched" chord name they will be different according to position/relationship/function, but if you go by the position/relationship/function, all chords of any key will be generated automatically...if you need the names.
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« Reply #94 on: May 14, 2019, 04:25:33 PM »

Maybe I'll start a new thread on this.
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Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019
« Reply #95 on: May 15, 2019, 09:43:23 AM »

Thanks very much for all the kind comments about Melodeons in Wensleydale and thanks to everyone who attended. Your cooperation and cheerful camaraderie helped to create a lovely positive vibe that suffused the whole weekend.

I was too busy making sure things ran smoothly to spend more than a few minutes in a couple of workshops, so I would be grateful if any of you who took any photographs you would be willing to share could send me copies of them for use to illustrate an article about the weekend for a local magazine. My e-mail address is bob@bpellis.idps.co.uk

If anyone made any recordings in the workshops, I would be grateful for copies, so I can reap some benefits from the workshops in my own playing. I would be particularly interested in a recording of the beautiful arrangement of L'Ordre Théresien that Toon taught to his Sunday class.

The dates for next year are 24-26 April, so put them in your diaries if you are hoping to attend.

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« Reply #96 on: May 15, 2019, 10:38:26 AM »

Interesting that you've just made a request for photographs & recordings Bob; I was just about to ask the same thing for the benefit of those of us who were unable to attend this year. I appreciate that filming may have been low on the list when concentrating on the valuable teaching going on, but if anyone caught the odd snatch of the excellent artists relaxing with a catchy tune it would be great to see something on You Tube. Maybe you should think about appointing a non-musician with the task next year Bob? Dates for 2020 noted; sounds like a really top class event.
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« Reply #97 on: May 15, 2019, 10:56:26 AM »

Actually my wife (Sheila) was acting Girl Friday and did take some photos and videos.  We have not really looked at them yet, but I'll make them available through here at some point.
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« Reply #98 on: May 15, 2019, 11:38:43 AM »

Interesting that you've just made a request for photographs & recordings Bob; I was just about to ask the same thing for the benefit of those of us who were unable to attend this year.

The tutors have ownership of their workshops and, although they granted permission for people to make recordings, it was for the personal use of of the people in their workshops, not for dissemination to others or publication on YouTube. I hope everyone can appreciate that this is a reasonable position to take. After all, if the material were published on YouTube or disseminated widely, there would be no incentive to attend the workshops in the first place. Numbers might then drop to a point where the event becomes no longer viable.
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« Reply #99 on: May 15, 2019, 12:15:24 PM »

Interesting that you've just made a request for photographs & recordings Bob; I was just about to ask the same thing for the benefit of those of us who were unable to attend this year.

The tutors have ownership of their workshops and, although they granted permission for people to make recordings, it was for the personal use of of the people in their workshops, not for dissemination to others or publication on YouTube. I hope everyone can appreciate that this is a reasonable position to take. After all, if the material were published on YouTube or disseminated widely, there would be no incentive to attend the workshops in the first place. Numbers might then drop to a point where the event becomes no longer viable.

oops - yes - noted - so Sheila's recordings will not be uploaded without agreement of the tutors. Pictures I presume could be though?
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