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#1 Sir_locust


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Posted 30 March 2016 - 09:00 PM

I have an anglo concertina of 20 keys, and i wonder what kind of tunes i can play  whit it, and what can i do for an easy start.

I ask most for generes and so, i could say i like Irish tunes, but i actually can´t tell the diference, thats why i wanna know first what generes are available and what are they diferences.


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Posted 01 April 2016 - 08:15 AM

I'm guessing that your concertina is in the keys C/G? and as a 20 button theres still LOTS of tunes avaialble to you before you start to need the extra notes available on a 30 button.

Lots of the Irish stuff in the key of G, some in the key of D. Lots and lots of English trad tunes. Just off the top of my head: Egan's Polka, O'Keefe's Slide. Rakes of Mallow. Speed the plough. Soldiers joy....  The music for all these is readily available on the interweb


Thinking about it, I've only been playing a year and i have a 30 button but, at the moment. i very rarely venture into that top row :-)

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 03:28 AM

I have an anglo concertina of 20 keys, and i wonder what kind of tunes i can play  whit it...

I am about 18 months into learning the concertina.

This is what I do/am doing.

Check out sources of tunes in ABC notation and run
them through an ABC editor such as EasyABC, and
listen to the midi generated output.

The tunes you like, you learn...

I have 20, 26 and 30 button instruments and speaking
personally, I have chosen to regard the fact that some
instruments have only 20 buttons as a challenge rather
than a restriction.

If you need an accidental which you haven't got you
can 'fake it' as often as not.

Don't get sucked in by the 'genre' thing, if you like
it, play it. I play all sorts of stuff (badly, I'm
afraid, but I'm getting better).

Additionally, I add a (fairly elementary) tab system
to my scores and carry them, and the equivalent sound
files around on my tablet.

A few sources of oodles of tunes in ABC format:

Lester's Tune A Day
Paul Hardy's Session Tunebooks
Playford's Dancing Master
Chris Partingtons Links Page

Search for these with Google and the links should
pop up...

These pages give you access to hundreds of tunes
in ABC format in loads of different keys (you can
transpose in EasyABC if you wish).

Good luck - I hope you have as much fun as me...


Edited by lachenal74693, 02 April 2016 - 03:34 AM.

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