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Learn To Play Concertina

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20-Button Anglo

The Best Concertina Method Yet - Bob Kail

Instructions for the 20-button anglo in C/G, with over 250 melodies with fingerings: 17 with words, three for both hands, and two songs with piano. While there are some cursory exercises, this is primarily a book of tunes. 96 pages.

$10.99

La Concertina - Method for Diatonic Concertina

Instruction book for the 20-button C/G anglo. Includes directions on holding the instrument, left-hand and right-hand exercises, scales, tunes, information on playing in octaves, and diagrams showing left-hand chords. 26 pages.

$18

La Concertina - Anthology of Music for Concertina

A collection of popular tunes for the 20-button Anglo. Several arrangements include harmonies; all arrangements indicate which buttons to press. Assumes a C/G instrument. 27 pages.

$18

Mel Bay's Deluxe Concertina Book - Frank Converse

For getting started on the 20-button C/G anglo. Begins with the basics of reading music and moves on to playing with one hand, then both hands. Contains over 50 familiar folk tunes with annotations indicating which button to press and how to move the bellows. 52 pages.

$14.99

Easy Anglo 1-2-3 - Gary Coover

This book uses the harmonic tablature system of "Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style." The three sections of the book contain tunes that can be played using one, two, or three rows of a C/G anglo concertina, as well as left-hand chord charts for 10-, 20-, and 30-button instruments. Can be adapted for key combinations besides C/G; assumes a Wheatstone layout for 30-button instruments but can easily be adapted for a Jeffries layout. 81 pages.

$15

30-Button Anglo

75 Irish Session Tunes for Anglo Concertina - Gary Coover

Gary Coover's newest book for anglo concertina, using the tablature system of "Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style." 75 reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, slip jigs, and airs with fingering suggestions. This book assumes a Wheatstone layout for 30-button instruments but can easily be adapted for a Jeffries layout. 114 pages.

$30

In-Between Anglo - Mick Bramich

Mick Bramich has taught Anglo concertina method for many years, from beginners to players who wish to stretch their skills by trying their hand at the Irish style. His third tutorial is for those who are no longer struggling with the basics but want some tips on improving their technique. In-Between Anglo takes you into playing across the rows to improve the flow of your music and a range of scales and time signatures which are demanding yet rewarding. Every tune is accompanied by Bramich's tablature to help those who don't read music. For 30-button C/G instruments of either Wheatstone or Jeffries layout; however, many tunes will fit well on a 20-button instrument, and there is a chart to assist in key conversion if you are playing on a G/D, Ab/Eb, or Bb/F instrument. 40 pages.

$19

The Irish Concertina: A Tutor for the Anglo Concertina in the Irish Style - Mick Bramich

Bramich presents a systematic approach to playing the C/G Anglo concertina, Irish-style. You don't have to play exclusively Irish music to utilize this style; the system employed is one of the most efficient ways of exploiting the peculiar nuances of this instrument and can be applied to any genre. Keys are presented in order of difficulty and all types of tune - including slow airs - are tackled. The book contains 17 photographs and numerous illustrations and diagrams; 14 reels, 20 jigs, 10 hornpipes and 12 miscellaneous tunes, (56 in total, many with chords), rudiments of music, an extensive bibliography and discography, and a chord chart. It assumes a Jeffries fingering layout but can easily be made to work for others. The optional CD contains extracts from each chapter and a selection of the tunes from the book. It is not totally essential that you be able to read musical notation to use this book, but musical notation is used without explanation. 75 pages.

$23.45

The Irish Concertina: Companion CD

The soundtrack for the instructional book of the same name. This CD contains extracts from each chapter of the book and some of the tunes from Appendix One. The music is played on a circa 1890s C. Jeffries C/G Anglo concertina with guitar accompaniment. CD

$16.45

Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style - Gary Coover

This tutor will teach you how to play the 30-button Anglo concertina with chords and full harmonies in a wide variety of musical styles. In addition to tunes and exercises for beginning players, this tutor also presents more difficult tunes that have been carefully transcribed from recordings of the top Anglo concertina players of the last several decades. Assumes a 30-button C/G instrument with a Wheatstone fingering layout. 108 pages.

$30

The Anglo Concertina - Frank Edgley

This tutor provides the beginning or aspiring anglo concertina player with resources which can be used to become a competent player of traditional Irish music by describing keyboard patterns, concertina techniques, and embellishments. Includes written music and lessons for 35 Irish tunes. Assumes a 30-button C/G instrument with a Wheatstone fingering layout. The accompanying CD further clarifies the lessons covered in the workbook. 112 pages with CD.

$40

How to Play the Anglo Concertina - Frank Edgley

This DVD teaches the instrument, in gradual increments, from the basics, to playing with chords and embellishments. Included is a small booklet with charts, diagrams, and music. DVD

$45

The Anglo Concertina Demystified - Bertram Levy

The most comprehensive tutor for the 30-button Anglo. Assumes a 30-button C/G instrument with either a Wheatstone or Jeffries layout, though many of the chapters will work for a 20-button instrument Comes with 2 CDs! 62 pages with 2 CDs.

$28.95

American Fiddle Styles for the Anglo Concertina: Thirty Studies in the Art of Phrasing - Bertram Levy

A tutor incorporating the author's long experience with Southern fiddle music and reflecting his vision for playing the instrument derived from years of intensive study of the bandoneon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. More than a tune book, this is an in-depth course in the Anglo concertina for the serious student. Assumes a 30-button C/G instrument with the Wheatstone fingering layout, though the Jeffries layout can be used. Audio lessons can be found on Bertram Levy's website. 106 pages.

$29.95

The Seaman's Fantasy

A collection of wonderful old sea songs sung in harmony by two great musical characters with concertina and button accordion accompaniment. This video was shot at various locations on the Mendocino Coast (Northern California). Songs and tunes include The Big Bow Wow, Port Arthur, Jim Jones, Outward-Homeward Bound, Whaling Johnny, Row On, The Liverpool Packet, Bound For The Rio Grande, Yellow Gals, The Ghost And The Maniac. 30 minutes. --Mel Bay DVD

$30

The Anglo Concertina Absolute Beginners - Chris Sherburn and Dave Mallinson

This book is written for the 30-button C/G anglo concertina with either the Wheatstone/Lachenal or Jeffries layout, though alternate notes are provided in many tunes for players with 20-button instruments. It contains 72 tunes to help the beginning Anglo concertina player off on a flying start. This book covers the basics of reading music, fingering suggestions, and some advice on bellows phrasing through a variety of traditional tunes from Great Britain and Ireland. 32 pages.

$14.45

Chris Sherburn - The Anglo Concertina Absolute Beginners

This recording has been produced as a companion soundtrack to the book of the same title. Every musical example is recorded. CD

$16.45

Handbook for Anglo-Chromatic Concertina - Roger Watson

A complete guide for the beginning Anglo player. Easy-to-follow text with clear diagrams, including a chord diagram. Assumes a 30-button C/G instrument with the Wheatstone fingering layout. 24 pages.

$14.95

Learn to Play Irish Concertina - John Williams

In this beginner's DVD, John Williams explains the fundamentals of the 20- or 30-key Anglo concertina: how to hold the instrument, use the keys, bellows and air button, and how to move beyond the basic C and G scales. He teaches five tunes in note-for-note detail: Oro (Se Do Bheatha Bhaile), Jimmy Ward's Jig, The Kesh Jig, Bobby Casey's Jig, Last Night's Fun. Includes music and tab. 65 minutes.   DVD

$29.95

English Concertina

The Concise English Concertina - Dick Miles

A tutor using English and Irish tunes for beginners or intermediate players. Assumes a 48-key treble instrument. 30 pages.

$35

Contemplating the Concertina - Allan Atlas

Intended specifically for intermediate and advanced players. It is written with an eye toward both the history of the instrument and how it has been played since Victorian times. Examples and exercises include music (both classical and folk) from the seventeenth century to the present day. Chapters discuss holding the instrument (with illustrations), manipulating the bellows, single-note technique, and playing chords and contrapuntal textures. 82 pages.

$24

The English Concertina Absolute Beginners - Alex Wade and Dave Mallinson

Written for the 48-key treble English concertina, this book contains 87 tunes to help the beginning English concertina player off on a flying start. This book covers the basics of reading music, fingering suggestions, and some advice on bellows phrasing through a variety of traditional tunes from Great Britain and Ireland. 32 pages.

$14.45 $12.95

Alex Wade - The English Concertina Absolute Beginners

This recording has been produced as a companion soundtrack to the book of the same title. Every musical example is recorded. CD

$16.45

Handbook for English Concertina - Roger Watson

A complete guide for the beginning English player. Easy-to-follow text with clear diagrams. Assumes a 48-key treble instrument, but diagrams are given to cover the tenor and tenor/treble ranges as well. 24 pages.

$14.95

Concertina Workshop - Alistair Anderson

A photocopy of this long-out-of-print classic, often regarded as the definitive tutor for the English concertina. Written by one of the great players. Assumes a 48-key treble instrument. 40 pages.

$11

Concertina Workshop - Alistair Anderson

This classic 1974 Topic LP has been reissued. The English concertina master Anderson is joined by guests Dave and Tich Richardson, Graham Pirt and, Geoff Harris. Companion CD to the tutor of the same name. CD

$17

Song Accompaniment for English Concertina - Dick Miles

A follow up to the Concise English Concertina Tutor, above. Demonstrates different types of accompaniment, along with an introduction to harmony and chord substitution. Assumes a 48-key treble instrument. 30 pages.

$35

English Concertina: Mastering the Art - Alistair Anderson

On this DVD, Alistair Anderson works with student Vicki Elliott on playing the English concertina and explores various aspects, from articulartion to dynamics, ornamentation to phrasing, and helps to understand the vocabulary of the instrument. In fine and exhaustive detail Alistair gives the viewer a fascinating and rewarding insight into his performance style and is sure to give help and encouragement to every player, no matter what level. DVD

$30.00