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Mark Leue

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Intro to myself as a beginner player
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:25:50 AM »

Hello Squeezers,
Just wanted to thank you all for the wealth of knowledge here about music and melodeons as I venture into the ever expanding contracting world of free reed.
I'm new this month to the melodeon and enjoying it. I live in Massachusetts in the rural western bit.  Ive danced on various Morris sides for 38 years or so and still do on two, and also served as a musician on the fiddle at times, and have a feeling in my bones as to what the timing and dynamics of a good box player should sound like, as Ive known a few. Im starting to make a little progress and am excited to get my DG back soon with all the spiders and beer removed by the expert hands of Bob Snope.
It belonged to a friend and team mate who left this vale of beers almost 20 years ago, but has belonged to someone who never learned to play it in the interim. It turns out it's an early 1920's "pre pokerwork" that had all the reeds replaced with Italian reeds a long time ago.
Anyway, that's about it. My day job is repairing and making double basses (the giant cello) and other stringed instruments including fretted ones, so the desire to learn all the technical stuff about  regulating melodeons comes naturally, but first I need to understand which direction is up on them! As a lot of you are English, I'll just mention I lived in Eynsham on the Thames for a year as a boy when my father had a sabbatical at Oxford in 1968 /69.  thanks, and look forward to meeting some of you in the future.

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Re: Intro to myself as a beginner player
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 12:56:28 PM »

Welcome Mark! You have some great resources in your neck of the woods, in The Button Box and also in the Northeast Squeeze-In free reed "retreat" in September. Have you ever been to it? I went for the first time last year and found it such a pleasure to meet and play with other people interested in the same kind of music. (Though I did take some mildly irritating ribbing from some players of Irish music - "What attracted you to English tunes? They all sound the same to me.") I hope to attend again; perhaps we will meet up in future.

Since you danced Morris in that region for so long, I have to ask: did you ever know a melodeon player named Phillip Zimmerman from the Boston area?
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Re: Intro to myself as a beginner player
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2019, 02:17:15 PM »

a feeling in my bones as to.... the timing and dynamics of a good box player ….I lived in Eynsham on the Thames for a year as a boy...[/quote

Are the two perchance linked? I think we should be told.... >:E :|glug

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Re: Intro to myself as a beginner player
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2019, 03:04:01 PM »

More welcome to you, Mark.  I made my bi-monthly pilgrimage to ButtonBox day before yesterday, and must agree you couldn’t be better situated than close to those good folk.
And, dittos on Jesse’s comments about Northeast Squeeze-In.  It’s a musical/social highlight of my year.   It seems to me that most of the boxes there are not concentrating on Irish, and same with concertinas.  Lots of English concertinas, and lots of button accordions playing all variety of folk, classical, and world music.  Check out the “NESI Squeeze-In” sites, for nice archives of photos and concert videos.

I’m sure we’ll meet at some point.

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