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  1. Gen, nicely played! And not just one video, but a playlist of 30. The perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit during a very trying year. Gary
  2. Hi Carl, If you're looking for instruction books, Pirate Songs for Concertina and Sailor Songs for Concertina will get you over 150 nautical songs and tunes, and if you have a 20-button instrument Sea Songs for 20-button Anglo Concertina has 96 tunes extracted from the other two books. These books have easy tablature for Anglo, but also have the melodies in standard musical notation with chord symbols so they would work for any other instrument or type of concertina. Gary
  3. There are no photos of the insides, but there's a good chance it has "popsicle-stick" levers on a metal axle, gang-mounted reeds on long lead plates, and the bellows might even be paper and not leather. It looks very similar to a 30-button German Anglo I bought several years ago (and was I ever surprised when I opened it up!). Gary
  4. Thanks to all for your helpful input and comments. I've added the new ones in, and hopefully made all the links active for the free downloads. There are some books that are obviously/unfortunately missing from this list: Bertram Levy's The Anglo Concertina Demystified will soon be available again, as will Dan Worrall's The Anglo Concertina Music of William Kimber. I reached out to Richard Carlin about his history-filled English Concertina book, but at the present time he is not interested in reprinting it. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is working on a very impressive Anglo tutor that should be out in the next few months, and The Anglo Concertina Music of John Kirkpatrick will be available early next year. Judy Hawkins is working on a Hayden Duet tutor, and Jody Kruskal is also working on a tutor for C/G and G/D Anglo. Gary
  5. For those looking for concertina instruction, here is a master list of all known concertina instruction and tune books currently available in paperbacks, downloads, ebooks, DVDs and websites offering instruction, for all types of concertina. This list is intended to be as inclusive as possible and will be updated as new information and new books become available. Over 250 tutors for the various types of concertina have been published since 1840, and well over 60 are still available today by direct online download, hardcopy paperback from online and brick & mortar specialist retailers, Kindle format from Amazon, and sometimes in paperback directly from the authors. Active links are included for many of the older historical tutors which are freely available as digital downloads. All of the books show the “dots” in standard music notation, often melody line only. For the Anglo, many books also show various forms of tablature: alternate visual and coded lines, numbers and symbols to indicate button numbering and bellows direction. Since Anglo tutors by different authors often utilize completely different numbering and tablature systems, a very brief description of the particular system used is also included in the listing. Most indicate push or pull (in/out, press/draw etc.) using characters (^), letters (P, D), dots (.), lines ( ̅ ̅ ), or a host of other symbols. ANGLO (20-button) - C/G Absolute Beginners' Concertina, by Mick Bramich. Posset Press, 2000, 24 pages, paperback, tablature system: number/letter/square. Anweisung das Accordion Zu Spielen, by J.G. Hoselbarth. Self-published, 1837, 15 pages, 11 tunes, tablature system: number/^. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/worrall/hoeselbarth-tutor/hoeselbarth-tutor.pdf Civil War Concertina, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2014, 120 pages, 60 tunes in harmonic style, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. QR code links to YouTube videos. Easy Anglo 1-2-3, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2015, 82 pages, 35 tunes (most in harmonic style), paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. QR code links to YouTube videos. 2/3 of the book is for 20-button. QR code links to YouTube videos. Howe's Eclectic School for the Concertina, by Elias Howe Jr. Self-published, 1880, 80 pages, 216 tunes, tablature system: number/PD. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/merris/howe-eclectic-school/howe-eclectic-school-for-the-concertina-1879.pdf Howe's Western German Concertina School, by Elias Howe Jr. Self-published, 1879, 48 pages, 131 tunes, tablature system: number/PD. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/merris/howe-western-german-school/howe-western-german-concertina-school-1879.pdf Instruction Book for the Use of Learners on the German Concertina, by Carlo Minasi. Kleyser & Tritschler, 1846, 22 pages, 10 tunes, tablature system: number/PD. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/merris/minasi-german-tutor-1846/minasi-german-tutor-1846.pdf Mel Bay's Deluxe Concertina Book, by Frank Converse. Mel Bay, 1981, 52 pages, 49 tunes, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/x. Merrill's Harmonic Method for the Concertina, by H.T. Merrill. J.L. Peters, 1872, 48 pages, 19 tunes in harmonic style, tablature system: number/v. Available as free download at https://archive.org/details/merrillsharmonic00merr/ Sea Songs for 20-button Anglo Concertina, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2020, 188 pages, 96 tunes (most in harmonic style), paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. Playlist of videos on YouTube. Tunes extracted from Pirate Songs for Concertina and Sailor Songs for Concertina. Sedgwick's Improved and Complete Instructions for the German Concertina, by Alfred Sedgwick. S.T. Gordon, 1865, 82 pages, 64 tunes, tablature system: number/^. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/merris/sedgwick-improved-complete-german/sedgwick-improved-complete-instructions-for-german-concertina-1893.pdf The Best Concertina Method Yet, by Bob Kail. Lewis Music, 1975, 98 pages, 250 tunes, paperback, tablature system: number/PD. The Concertina and How to Play It, by Paul De Ville. Carl Fischer, 1905, 80 pages, 250 tunes, paperback, tablature system: number/PD. Twenty Button Anglo Tutor, Alan Day. Self-published, 2004, 11 pages, 36 tunes, tablature system: none. Available as free download at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-P88mucXaqTHtx8vv1_1cqxg_1ih6C_r ANGLO (30-button) - C/G 75 Irish Session Tunes for Anglo Concertina, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2015, 114 pages, 75 tunes, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. A Garden of Dainty Delights, by Adrian Brown. Rollston Press, 2018, 155 pages, 42 tunes in harmonic style, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. Includes both Wheatstone and Jeffries systems, QR code links to Adrian’s YouTube videos of all tunes. A Supplementary Anglo Concertina Tutor [website], by Simon Wells, 2003, 20 pages, 4 tunes, tablature system: number/^. https://concertutor.wordpress.com/ All-American Concertina Album, by Alan Lochhead. Mel Bay, 2008, 40 pages, 12 tunes in harmonic style, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/^. (See updated reprint: Summer Symphony, 2020). American Fiddle Styles for the Anglo Concertina, by Bertram Levy. Self-published, 2011, 106 pages, 30 tunes, paperback, tablature system: number/complex. Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2013, 108 pages, 60 tunes in harmonic style, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. Playlist of videos on YouTube. Christmas Concertina, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2013, 112 pages, 50 tunes in harmonic style, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. QR code links to YouTube videos of all tunes. Concertina CD ROM Tutorial, by Nial Vallely, www.tradirishmusic.com Cowboy Concertina, by Gary Coover & Pipp Gillette. Rollston Press, 2018, 176 pages, 75 tunes in harmonic style, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. QR code links to YouTube videos of all tunes. Easy Anglo 1-2-3, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2015, 82 pages, 35 tunes (most in harmonic style), paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. QR code links to YouTube videos. Frank Edgley's How to Play the Anglo Concertina [DVD], By Frank Edgley. Self-published, 2008. Handbook for Anglo-Chromatic Concertina, by Roger Watson. Wise Publications, 1981, 24 pages, 10 tunes, paperback, tablature system: number/^. House Dance: Dance Music played on the Anglo-German Concertina by Musicians of the House Dance Era, by Dan Worrall, Musical Traditions Records, 2012, CD-ROM. In-Between Anglo, by Mick Bramich. Posset Press, 2006, 40 pages, tablature system: number/letter/square. Available as download for a fee from www.mickbramich.co.uk. Learn to Play Irish Concertina [DVD], by John Williams. Homespun, 1995. Pirate Songs for Concertina, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2018, 148 pages, 74 tunes (most in harmonic style), paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. Video playlist on YouTube. Playing the Anglo Concertina in Bush Music Style (website), by David Johnson, c.2000, 34 tunes, tablature system: letter/number/^. Sailor Songs for Concertina, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2019, 175 pages, 88 tunes (most in harmonic style), paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. Video playlist on YouTube. Summer Symphony, by Alan Lochhead. Rollston Press, 2020, 76 pages, 13 tunes in harmonic style, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. QR code links to SoundCloud audio files. (Note: this is an updated reprint of Lochhead’s All-American Concertina Album). The Anglo Concertina Absolute Beginners, by Chris Sherburn & Dave Mallinson. A Mally Production, 2013, 32 pages, 72 tunes, paperback, tablature system: circle/square/color. Includes CD. The Anglo Concertina Demystified, by Bertram Levy, Rollston Press, 1985/2021, 73 pages, paperback and Kindle, tablature system: numbers/i-o, with 74 QR codes. The Anglo Concertina Handbook of Tunes and Methods for Irish Traditional Music, by Frank Edgley. Self-published, 2002, 114 pages, 42 tunes, paperback, tablature system: none. Includes CD. The Anglo Concertina Music of John Watcham, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2020, 198 pages, 50 tunes in harmonic style, paperback, Kindle, tablature system: number/line. QR code links to SoundCloud audio files and YouTube videos. The Concertina Diaries, by Heather Greer. Self-published, c.2010, 106 pages, 47 tunes, paperback, tablature system: letter/number/underscore, Includes CD. The Irish Concertina, by Mick Bramich. Mel Bay, 1996, 76 pages, 56 tunes, paperback, tablature system: letter/color. Includes CD. Tutor for the Rochelle, by Wim Wakker. Concertina Connection, 2010, 39 pages, 24 tunes, paperback, tablature system: letter/number/PD. There are also a couple of online courses for playing the 30-button Anglo in the Irish Style: Caitlin Nic Gabhann: www.irishconcertinalessons.com Online Academy of Irish Music (Edel Fox, Ernestine Healy, Caroline Keane, Liam O'Brien): www.oaim.ie ANGLO (30-button) - G/D The Anglo Concertina: A comprehensive guide to the 30 G/D Anglo Concertina in the English Style, by Pip Ives. Self-published, 41 pages, 10 tunes, tablature system same as Roger Watson's Anglo handbook. Includes CD. ANGLO (40-button) - C/G How to Play the Anglo, by John Kirkpatrick, 1972, (three articles on website), 9 pages, 0 tunes, tablature system: circle/square. www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk/ Tutor for the Chromatic Anglo Concertina, by George C. Jones. C. Wheatstone, 1946, 48 pages (some in harmonic style), 38 tunes, tablature system: none. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/jones/Jones-Anglo-tutor-1946.pdf ENGLISH Concertina Course, Volume One, by Pauline De Snoo. Self-published, 2002, paperback. Concertina Course, Volume One: Play-Along Supplement, by Pauline De Snoo. Self-published, 2003, paperback. Concertina Workshop: Tutor for the English Concertina, by Alistair Anderson. Topic Records/Free Reed, 1974, 40 pages, 30 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.free-reed.co.uk/concertinaworkhop.pdf Conquering the Concertina: A Comprehensive Guide to the English Concertina, by Les Branchett. Sherborne House, 2002, 49 pages, paperback. Contemplating the Concertina: An Historically Informed Tutor for the English Concertina, by Allan Atlas. The Button Box, 2003, 82 pages, paperback. Handbook for the English Concertina, by Roger Watson. Wise Publications, 1981, 24 pages, 12 tunes, paperback. Song Accompaniment for English Concertina, by Dick Miles. Self-published, 2004, 30 pages, 11 tunes, paperback. The Concertina: A Handbook and Tutor for Beginners on the English Concertina, by Frank Butler. Free Reed, 1974, 68 pages, 25 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/butler/butler-the-concertina-tutor.pdf The Concertina Without a Master: Containing the Elements of Music and Complete Instruction for the English Concertina, by Case, Sedgwick and Ruttinger. Oliver Ditson & Co., 1857. Available as free download at https://archive.org/details/concertinawithouOOcase The Concise English Concertina, by Dick Miles. Self-published, 2002, 32 pages, 25 tunes, paperback. The English Concertina Absolute Beginners Book, by Alex Wade & Dave Mallinson. Mel Bay 2013, 32 pages, 87 tunes, paperback. The Salvation Army Tutor for the English Concertina (New Edition), author unknown. Salvationist Publishing, 1935, 58 pages, 54 tunes. Available as free download at https://sites.google.com/site/vionau/files/Salvation%20Army%20Tutor%20for%20the%20English%20Concertina.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1 Tutor for the Jackie English Concertina, by Wim Wakker. Concertina Connection, 2003, 47 pages, paperback. MACCANN DUET A Beginner's Set of Duet Concertina Arrangements, by David Cornell. Self-published, 2001, 18 pages, 6 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/cornell/Cornell-A-Beginners-Set-of-Duet-Concertina-Arrangements.pdf A Practical and Comprehensive Tutor for the Duet Concertina, by Ernest C. Rutterford. Wheatstone & Co, 1914, 56 pages, 4 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/maccann-duet/Rutterford-Duet-Concertina-Tutor-FourthEd.pdf All-Systems Duet Workshop Tutor, by Brian Hayden. Self-published, 1994, 20 pages, 31 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/hayden-duet/Hayden-All-Systems-Duet-Workshop-Tutor.pdf How to Play Chords on Any Maccann Duet Concertina, by Robert Gaskins. Self-published, 2001, 51 pages. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/gaskins/chords/Gaskins-How-to-Play-Chords-on-Any-MacCann-Duet-Concertina-3.pdf (manuscript book of chord layouts), author unknown, c.1915, 76 pages. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/maccann-duet/Jeffries-Maccann-Chords-Tutor-MS.pdf (manuscript tutor), by Henry Stanley, c.1940, 41 pages. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/stanley/Henry-Stanley-Duet-Tutor.pdf New Method of Instructions for the New Chromatic Duet English Concertina, by J.H. Maccann. Lachenal & Co., 1885, 43 pages, 30 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/maccann-duet/Maccann-New-Method-of-Instruction-1st.pdf CRANE / TRIUMPH DUET All-Systems Duet Workshop Tutor, by Brian Hayden. Self-published, 1994, 20 pages, 31 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/hayden-duet/Hayden-All-Systems-Duet-Workshop-Tutor.pdf Crane's Patent English Combination Concertina Tutor, by H. Wilton-Bulstrode. Crane & Sons, 1896, 54 pages, 31 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/crane-duet/Wilton-Bulstrode-Crane-Tutor.pdf Salvation Army Tutor for the Triumph Concertina (New Edition), author unknown. Salvationist Publishing, 1938, 56 pages, 47 tunes. Available as free download at www.concertina.info JEFFRIES DUET All-Systems Duet Workshop Tutor, by Brian Hayden. Self-published, 1994, 20 pages, 31 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/hayden-duet/Hayden-All-Systems-Duet-Workshop-Tutor.pdf The Jeffries Duet Concertina Tutor, by Gary Coover. Rollston Press, 2020, 198 pages, 88 tunes, paperback, Kindle. QR-code links to videos on YouTube. (manuscript), author unknown, c.1950, 13 pages. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/jeffries-duet/Jeffries-Duet-Tutor.pdf HAYDEN DUET All-Systems Duet Workshop Tutor, by Brian Hayden. Self-published, 1994, 20 pages, 31 tunes. Available as free download at http://www.concertina.com/maccann-duet/Maccann-New-Method-of-Instruction-1st.pdf Harum Scarum Hayden Duet Tutorial (CNET), by Judy Hawkins, 2013, Eleven chapters posted on concertina.net. Tutor for the Elise Hayden Duet Concertina, by Wim Wakker. CHEMNITZER Henry Silberhorn’s Instructor for the Concertina, Book I, by Henry Silberhorn. Self-published, 1910, 68 pages, 20 tunes. Available as free download at www.concertinamusic.com Henry Silberhorn’s Instructor for the Concertina, Book II, by Henry Silberhorn. Self-published, 1921, 50 pages, 33 tunes. Available as free download at www.concertinamusic.com Learn to Play the Chemnitzer Concertina the Easy Way, by Ken Schweim. Self-published, 2012/2019, 62 pages, 7 tunes, paperback, Kindle If you know of others that are available, let me know and I'll keep this list as current and up-to-date as possible. Happy to answer any questions by PM since I have most of these tutors. Gary
  6. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages, so Simon is right - you learn to work with what you have. The books are geared for the Wheatstone/Lachenal accidentals since that's what I have, and also since that's the system on probably 99% of all the 30-button Anglos out there, especially the lower priced instruments. I deliberately adapted John Watcham's 39-button button Jeffries tunes to the more-accessible 30-button Wheatstone/Lachenal system, but some of the things that were frustrating were the lack of a high d' on the pull on the right, and any push F#'s. For Adrian Brown's A Garden of Dainty Delights we arranged all tunes for both systems - perhaps the first harmonic-style book to also cater to Jeffries accidentals. I have no idea how many folks have bought it for Jeffries instruments, but looking back we should have made it into two books - easy to tell how many for each system! For ITM, everyone seems to want lots of C#'s everywhere, so Jeffries accidentals make more sense for the 1a and 2a buttons on the upper right. For harmonic style I much prefer the Wheatstone/Lachenal arrangement. Of course, for instruments larger than 30-buttons you'll have much more choice for alternate notes and workarounds. The left hand top row is identical for both systems, so it's only on the upper right row where you'll find the differences. Hope this helps! Gary
  7. It's twinned with the middle C in the middle of the left side, plus the C# just above. It's driving me a little crazy since I'm used to that button providing air for better bellows changes. At least the other buttons are identical to my JD50 except for two outliers I don't use much anyway. The 8 extra buttons are 4 deeper bass notes and 4 more overlap, plus that one weird C/C#. Gary
  8. This 59-button Jeffries Brothers Duet should probably be called a 59-1/2 button duet since the air valve button on the right side is actually a factory-original diatonic button playing C/C#. Since all duets (Maccann, Crane/Triumph, Jeffries, Hayden, etc.) play the same note pushing or pulling, just wondering if anyone has ever come across one with any added diatonic notes? I did the math, and that makes this one 1.7% Anglo! Gary
  9. All the duet concertinas have very distinctive button layouts except for the Jeffries Duet, which can look exactly like a large 50+ button Anglo. Gary
  10. It sounds like the reed tongue is hitting the side of the reed frame. If you take it out and look through it maybe you'll see the tongue is a bit skewed and out of alignment, or maybe even hits the side if you push on the tongue. It's possible to use a thin brass shim to give it a very wee shove to get it back in alignment, but "very carefully" is the operative word here - it usually doesn't take much at all. Gary
  11. I vote for the slower tempo - makes the tune much more stately and grand! G
  12. Hi Gregor, it sounds quite presentable already! My only suggestion would be occasional short runs in octaves or thirds just to give some variations from the block chords. Gary
  13. No need to switch from EC to Anglo - they're just different tools for different results. I thoroughly enjoy playing both and wouldn't give up either one! (But then again, I also play Jeffries Duet so obviously my judgment is somewhat suspect...) Gary
  14. Perhaps the attached file might help, from The Jeffries Duet Tutor, with strange hybrid ABC/standard notation. You won't have the low F, and I haven't checked this on my EC to see how well it fits, but maybe it will be something you can work from. And... not to further confuse things, but here's what this arrangement sounds like on Anglo: A lovely tune, one of my absolute favorites! Gary In-the-Bleak-Midwinter-JD.pdf
  15. Here's the layout of the smallest-known Jeffries Duet, 27 buttons, home key of C. It has the chords you're looking for, and if you expand it to 30-buttons I would highly recommend the low F, G, A, for the oompahs. It would be nice to have the high d' and e' too if there is room. Gary JD-27-layout.pdf
  16. Looks like this is a fairly high-quality Chemnitzer-style concertina, once very popular for playing polka music in north central USA in places like Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc. Lots of good information in the FAQ section of the Cicero website, also music and instruction info can be found here: https://concertinamusic.com/ Gary
  17. Perhaps a converted Jeffries Duet (almost identical button layout to my 50-button JD), or perhaps originally an Anglo from about that same time period. There has been some discussion about Jeffries using the same end plates for both. Looks like his "in/out" is reversed - or else it's some strange backwards Anglo! Gary
  18. I'm not sure where the sound comes out, but here's a video of an early version of the instrument. '
  19. Here's a quick mp3 of my 35-button double-action stretched-hexagon black Lachenal bass EC. The instrument's range starts at middle C and goes down 2-1/2 octaves. You feel the bottom notes as much as you hear them. Awesome sound! Gary Bass Concertina 2.mp3
  20. A higher handrest of 1" is probably the easiest and cheapest way of making the buttons more accessible for larger hands. I've done this with all my Anglos and Duets and it works wonders. As others have noted, a larger instrument will be heavier and that's not necessarily a good thing. As for arthritis, the Anglo is probably the best instrument for that condition (which I have a severe case of) since the range of motion and finger bending is much less than other instruments, and being diatonic you get the added efficiency of two notes for one button. Gary
  21. The nice thing about YYYYMMDD is that in a spreadsheet or file listing everything can be easily sorted chronologically by year, whereas with MMDDYYYY everything sorts by month and the years are scrambled.
  22. "The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from..."
  23. I think you'll appreciate the logic of the EC, coming from piano, but the vertical "crossed fingering" of scales will drive you nuts until you get used to it. The Frank Butler book (available as a download at concertina.com) will help immensely. A lot of English folkies have successfully accompanied their singing with EC, check out Louis Killen, Tony Rose, Alf Edwards, etc. Gary
  24. Bonjour Didie - the Tricolor playlist I've put together - 98 videos so far - can be found on the "angloconc" channel on YouTube. Yuka mostly plays fiddle, but there are some with concertina. Also, some very tasteful piano accordion from Hirofumi (and nice guitar work from Koji). Gary
  25. And you've found a video of Koji, Yuka and Hirofumi (Tricolor) playing it live - thanks so much for finding this! I will add an updated QR code to Anglo 1-2-3 to reference this video. They are such nice folks and really talented, with an amazing feel for the music. Their website: https://tricolor-web.com/ I don't know who Sakiel02 is who has posted this on YouTube, but if you have any doubt about the Irish music scene in Japan he/she has done a fantastic job documenting it by posting hundreds of videos of various live performances over the past several years. I've also added this to a Tricolor playlist on YouTube that now has almost a hundred videos if you want to hear more. Gary
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