On Oct 30, 2:00am, Lee Thompson-Herbert wrote:
> Subject: 1-row box tunes?
> Yeah, I know, I know, but I _own_ a one-row, and I *don't* own a
> So what tunes besides the dread "Dingle Reggata" and "Fanny Powers"
> fit on a one-row box? Irish tunes, mind. I know enough english
> and quebecois tunes that will fit. I'd just like to have some
> reels other than "Speed the Plough" and "Rakes of Mallow" and a
> jig or two that's not "Lillibulero."
> The sick part of this whole thing is that a one-row melodeon appears
> to be _easier_ to play than flute or piccolo. I obviously picked the
> wrong instruments to try and learn. Then again, even my itty-bitty
> chinese toy melodeon isn't as portable as my whistles and piccolo.
>-- End of excerpt from Lee Thompson-Herbert
Check out Johnny Connolly's albums - that should be demonstration enough that
any tune can be played on a melodeon. On "The Swallow's Tail" he even manages
to play a tune in 3 keys !
Other box players who occasionally squeeze a tune out of the ol' 10-key would
be Brendan Begley, Bobby Gardiner or Jackie Daly (try Buttons & Bows 3rd album
"Grace Notes" for some good melodeon work by Jackie).
I actually have 2 melodeons myself, an old (1930's) Hohner in C, and a new
Harmona in D, which works well for Quebec style box playing, and I don't
really find it too hard to translate tunes that I've practiced on the 2-row
to these boxes (I do miss a few bass buttons, though).
H. Speek, B.Sc. [log in to unmask]
MESA Research Institute http://www.ice.el.utwente.nl/~han/
Univ. of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE, Enschede, The Netherlands