Great to hear you starting at your age, wish i had done the same! I would listen to a lot of styles first and decide what sound you really take to. Listen to cd's of english style, irish and the new fusion of old and new. There is loads of music to read and listen to on the net, or music to order. In time you'll come up with a certain style that is you. I would also highly recommend a good teacher if affordable, so that you may advance quickly and not wander about picking up bad habits. wes.
I do like to play the Irish style. I use to play the keyboard, but switched to the concertina.
I live in an isolated area so it's pretty hard finding a teacher. There is a lady who goes to one of the local markets to which my dad and I go to, who has had about 30 experience. When she goes there again, I'll ask her for a few tips.
I love the style that Noel Hill plays. I'm not quite sure about what styles there are. Could you possibly explain a few to me?
Hello there, Patrick and welcome to c.net!
With no teacher around the corner, a good place to start is to listen as much as possible to different
people playing Irish concertina (I am aware that this will eventually create a certain frustration, leading back to the lack of teacher
). But I speak from experience: though I actually play English concertina, I have dabbled in Irish music for many years, and most of those years Noel was basically my only source.
Which was great, of course - he is the undisputed master of the Irish concertina. But when I discovered - a few years ago - all the new, young players (that also means people of your age
or younger), I became very, very inspired, simply because I heard tunes played in different ways. I had tons of "Aha - you can play it that
way"-insights. That was very useful.
Of course it doesn't directly teach you how to play, but it conditions your perception of the music, much better than sheet music can. If you read music (it sounds like you do) you have a big plus there, but it is the listening that opens the mind.
If you like fireworks, Micheal O'Raghallaigh (pronounced "O'Reilley") is your man. Simply astonishing. Two records: "The Nervous Man" and "Inside Out".
For simplicity and clarity, Dympna O'Sullivan has recently released a very nice record, "Bean Chairdin" ("Woman's Accordion").
The Comhaltas site has lots of videos: Here are two examples:Micheal O'Raghallaigh (with Danny O'Mahony on accordion)Edel Fox