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#1 Music66

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 07:11 AM

Hallo, I'm new and play guitar and a little piano, and last week I had an opportunity to buy in action an anglo Bandmaster concertina 20 keys in pretty conditions. I'm very happy about that!
I started to learn the musical notes on the keys but at the moment is easier to me to make some simple chords, so I tried to find something in web but my concertina is not a C/G but a D/A (external left key row is: D A D F# A) and I find nothing about this version.

 

Have someone a picture or a sheet about the chords in D/A?

 

Thanks so much.

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#2 Tradewinds Ted

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 08:44 AM

I don't have any charts or diagrams to offer, but if you have found some for the 20 button C/g concertina, you can use those same diagrams, but the chords will sound one full step higher.

 

The most obvious example will be that any combination of buttons in that outer row will be a D major chord on the push, instead of C major chord.  For example 3 4 5 on the push will be D F# A.

Less obvious will be that those same buttons 3 4 5 on the pull will play E G B which is an E minor chord, instead of D minor.

A very useful pair of low chords will be a partial D major - buttons 1 2 3 on the push - D A D  (instead of C G C)  and A major 1 2 3 on the pull - A C# E (instead of G B D) 

You will find that the inner row will be A major chords on the push anywhere of course, but it is nice to have that reversal, and to have a lower range option.

The third most common chord in the key of D would be a G major chord, and in the left hand that would be 4 5 14 on the pull for G B D (instead of F A C) where 14 indicates the 4th button on the inner row.

 

This shift does mean that which notes and chords are available to you will be different than the list available on a C/g.   For example you won't have a C natural.  But you have the C# which is so important in the D major scale, and that is very useful in Irish music.  (the C# will be found on your instrument wherever the C/g chart indicates a B )

 

Some full chords won't be available on a 20 button instrument, either because one note isn't there at all, or because one note is not available in the same direction.  But usually 2 notes from the chord are enough, and this is often a better choice than playing the full chord to accompany singing or a melody instrument anyway. 


Edited by Tradewinds Ted, 24 March 2017 - 08:47 AM.


#3 David Hornett

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 11:33 PM

Hi music 66,

 

If you want to know which notes are which in a conventional / traditional 2 row DA layout, I have a fingering layout I can send you, unfortunately I have run out of space on concertina net, send me an email if you would like this.

 

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 01:29 AM

Hi and thanks to all.

I started from a C/G chords set and moved one tone upper so I have some D/A chords. It works well.

For David I send you my email, any informations are welcome. Thanks.


Edited by Music66, 27 March 2017 - 01:34 AM.


#5 Mike Acott

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 03:27 PM

If anyone is interested I have an early Lachenal in D/A it is in concert pitch, five fold bellows  brass reeds and rosewood ends , and would not cost a fortune! 

Mike Acott





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