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The first few are general videos and then you will see the lessons which you can view in numerical order. In general, the videos lessons will gradually introduce more technique/theory over time. All lesson videos have a short summary of their contents under the title.
All tab sheets and documents can be downloaded from my website www.daddylongles.com - Go to "Concertina Music".
Please be aware that I use my own tablature for these lessons with some standard musical notation here and there. There is a special video which explains this tablature.
I will add to the list as I record more videos in the future and hope very much they may be of use to any beginners on this instrument.
A Short Video To Introduce Myself
An Introduction To The English Concertina
Understanding The Layout And Learning The Notes On The English Concertina
My English Concertina Tablature Explained
The Jackie 30 Button English Concertina Versus a 48 or 56 Button Model
The Jackie 30 Button English Concertina Compared With a Lachenal 48 Button Model
Looking Inside A Lachenal Vintage Concertina
The Lachenal Concertina Slide Show
Opening Up An English Concertina To Try To Fix A Fault
Looking Inside A Jackie Concertina
Marcus English Treble Concertina - First Impressions
(Perfect for a beginner - filmed with three cameras in HD):-
Video Lesson 1 - Morning Has Broken
Key of C major. All notes on rows 2 and 3. How to hold the instrument.
The position of Middle C and D in relation to the thumb straps. Simple harmony - two buttons played together. Advice on practice and fingernails.
Video Lesson 2 - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Key of C major.
Video Lesson 3 - On Top Of Old Smoky
Key of D major. F# played for the first time. Expression with bellows.
Video Lesson 4 - The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended
Key of G major. All notes in the scale of G major used. Muscle memory.
Tone through confidence! First ornament (a mordent). 3-note chord on the end of the piece.
Video Lesson 5 - In The Bleak Midwinter
Key of C major. Two-note chords. Another mordent.
Dotted notes. Staccato notes.
Video Lesson 6 - He Who Would Valiant Be
Key of C major. Dotted notes. All notes in the scale of C major played in this tune.
Video Lesson 7 - What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?
In the D Dorian mode - (D minor).
Video Lesson 8 - Skye Boat Song
Key of C major. Lots of low notes!!
Video Lesson 9 - Be Still
Key of D major. F# and C# played. All 8 notes in the scale of D major played in this tune.
Video Lesson 10 - Danny Boy
Key of C major. 12 notes used - the most so far!
Grace notes added. Expression. Rubato.
Video Lesson 11 - Home On The Range
Key of D major. Ornaments - mordent and grace notes.
1st finger used on row 1 accidentals for the first time (C#).
4-note chord on the end.
Video Lesson 12 - Shepherd's Hey
Played in four keys G major, C major, D minor and A minor - all using the same pattern of buttons.
1,3,8 chord played on the end.
Video Lesson 13 - Oh My Darling Clementine
Key of D major. Low C# used so you need to play it with finger 1 on that top row.
Interesting ending - an A major chord broken up and with appropriate fingering.
Video Lesson 14 - Away In A Manger
Key of E major. Four sharps!! F# C# G# and D#. Changing the fingering to suit the tune
Video Lesson 15 - Cattle Call (Theme To The Woodentops)
Key of G major. Playing the tune in harmony. 6/8 time. Reversing the bellows on identical phrases
to get a different tone.
Video Lesson 16 - The Aldbury May Song
Key of D major. Reading the dots (musical notation) for the first time!
Video Lesson 17 - The Grenadier And The Lady
In A Aeolian mode (A minor) Tab and sheet music - more advanced timings to learn on the sheet music
Video Lesson 18 - Speed The Plough
In G major Tab and sheet music. Playing quavers smoothly.
Video Lesson 19 - Silent Night
Playing in A major for the first time. 6/8 time signature.
Left hand change of position for the fingering to make it comfortable to play the G# and C#.
Video Lesson 20 - Drink To Me Only
In G major. Played and explained as single notes and also in harmony.
Video Lesson 21 - Happy Birthday
In G major. This is a good key for all to sing in.
Video Lesson 22 - Amazing Grace
In G major. Played in single notes with ornaments and then with a drone.
This is the first time I have featured a drone - a low G played all the way through
to give us a sort of bagpipes effect.
In G major. Playing the same button with different fingers on this Irish tune.
Video Lesson 24 - Where Is Love? (Oliver!)
In C major. Lovely tune with quite a lot of accidentals
Video Lesson 25 - The Red Haired Boy
Not in its usual key of A but in G here. I play it with a hornpipe feel - again, this is unusual
but I think it works well.
A lovely old Swedish Christmas song in G. Features a C# accidental.
A lovely tune in E minor. My wife dances to this in her Morris side.
In G major. Two versions of the tune and some ornaments in the B part.
In D major. Quite a brisk and cheerful tune to warm your fingers up!
In D major. Very well known tune.
Video Lesson 31 - Jon's Polka
In D major. In this lesson emphasis is placed on changing bellows direction at the correct moment.
Video Lesson 32 - Gaudete
In G aeolian. In four parts. Again the emphasis is on correct bellows technique. You can hear all four parts together at the start of the video.
Edited by Daddy Long Les, 02 December 2015 - 11:12 AM.