Hi Folks.

Just discovered this site and it looks very interesting. Although I've been playing (or trying to!!) for quite a while I consider myself to be a beginner. I have various generations, a couple of Clarks, a Shaw which I can't play to save my life. Two Susatos a Parks D and I've just ordered a Freeman tweaked blackbird D.

I mostly just play for myself at home as I'm very nervous about playing in front of people.


Just thought I'd say hello!

Chris K. 

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Hi Chris.  Welcome on board. You gotta start somewhere.  Once you get a few tunes under your belt you can venture out. You should check out this post as well as the OAIM who also have a couple of free whistle lessons, and you can pay for more if you like it.  We also reviewed this album by Dusty Banjos which is quite good to play along with if you want to learn some of their tunes. Hope you enjoy the site.  Tony

Hello Susanne.

Funny that you should have gone to the concertina as I was thinking about getting a melodeon (no I can't play one!!)

I know what you mean about the Susato. Mine's a"C" and I also find that it takes a lot of breath and I find that the Parks is similar but less so. I find that I mostly play an old Generation C whistle which plays beautifully and a very cheap Clarke sweetone....maybe that say's a lot about my playing!! Just waiting for the Freeman tweaked blackbird to arrive to see how I get on with that.

I have ventured to a couple of local busking sessions and although the guys are very encouraging I still find it very daunting to play in front of people.
Susanne said:

Hello Chris, I'm also new here, and also a beginner, but on the anglo concertina. I used to play some whistle but gave it up. It's a very nice instrument though, and it's always nice with small portable instruments! 

I also mostly play at home, but have played other instruments I'm more comfortable with (like mandolin, guitar) to other people. I have quite a way to go on the concertina before doing that though. 

You have some nice whistles there. I've test played a Susato high D, it required way too much air for me to play it but the sound was beautiful. When i played the whistle I mainly played Dixons because they are so easy to play. I also have an O'Briain (I think) tweaked Generation that I like a lot. 

Still haven't received the Freeman yet! I ordered it on the 11th Oct. Still....I suppose it is coming from USA.

Which melodeon???  Mmmmm....not sure really. D/G maybe. I don't know enough about them really. It's just that when I see/hear someone playing one I really like the sound. I almost bid for one on ebay but it's probably too easy to buy a load of rubbish. More research I think. My preference is for Irish music but I have a few friends who are into Americana and bluegrass.
Susanne said:

Clarkes are fine if you like that kind of sound. I didn't like them because they sound too "breathy" or something like it, I want a clearer sound. I also found it hard to play in the higher octave with them. Many play them and like them though. 

What tuning of melodeon are you interested in? I've understood that it's quite a step to learn to play the B/C box, my husband has one and plays it occasionally. I suppose the concertina is just as bad though when you're starting out, I just preferred the concertina :). I wish you the best of luck though. I play some melodeon too, but the D/G or G/C for English or Scandinavian music. 

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