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  1. If you are both new to the Anglo and reading music...as I was and you want to play Irish music, as I did, I would recommend The Concertina Diaries by Heather Greer. It will give you session tunes to play right off, give you the buttons push/draw, the name of the note and show it on the stave lines so you can learn as much as you want. It also comes with a slowed down demo disc of all the tunes in the book, some 47 or so. 

  2. 55 minutes ago, Mikefule said:


    Interesting.  You play it in G on a CG; I play it in G on a GD.  Some tunes translate to the "higher key" better than others when you play harmonically.  Let me think about that and I'll get back to you.

    Well, when I say I play it in G, it starts on G, ends on G and the key signature is one #.  So it’s in G to the best of my knowledge, but if it’s in some more obscure a.m. Dorian mode or other then I wouldn’t know!

  3. One persons enthusiasm causes another’s depression!

    Feeling pleased with myself at having this tune learnt in D, go to a session to be told it should be played in C.

    Then this post enthusing about the bass and chord options which at this time are absolutely beyond me. Ho hum.

  4. As a complete beginner but having this book I would suggest 28 of the 47 could not be played on a 20 key unless one of your keys happens to be c# which would enable you to play in the key of D.

    I rather hope that someone else with more knowledge than I replies or even Heather herself with a difinitive figure.

    I do apologise if I am wildly out.

  5. For what it’s worth. I am also an elderly learner of similar age on the Anglo Concertina. Started learning from an excellent book called the Concertina Diaries by Heather Greer. This is solely Irish music but for each tune you are given the Concertina fingering, the relevant note by name and it is also shown on the stave lines. Confess I am learning to read music by accident just by following each tune. This together with all the other helpful information enables me now to play from the music and to have options on the various fingering patterns. If you are playing Anglo I feel sure this book could help.

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