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  1. Hi Pauline Thankyou for the course although I play Anglo I found it usefull.I also printed off you "Conac49" Different uses of chords and altered chords. Am I missing something because your "for example", C Maj and GMaj I would call CMaj7 and GMaj7 .Bob

    Well the MAJ automatically includes the 7. Sometimes only a triangle is written to indicate the MAJ 7.

    I am thinking of another lesson on this subject in the same format as the song accompaniment.


  2. I also do not like the sound of the normal fifth interval. I play the English concertina and the fingering of the vertical fifths is difficult for me. I like to play the note of the fifth tone an octave lower. For a C chord, I play middle C together with the low G on the right hand; for a D chord, I use the low A on the left hand with the D on the right hand; I play a G chord using the G on the right hand with the lower D on the left hand.


    All these options are correct. One can play the notes on one side using two fingers or just press down two buttons with one finger. When you play the notes I used any note you sing against them will sound right, so someone else could actually improvise on concertina or any other instrument without soon creating clashing sounds. However there is more to be said, but that reaches too far for the subject I was dealing with here: A first step in how to find song accompaniment.

    Actually the accompanimen wil sound even beter on a baritone where it will sound an octave lower.

    As you see there are endless possibilities.

    More in another lesson........but one will need to learn more about scales and chords too.


  3. Those of you who like (and can make sense of) the music feel free to play and sing it. If you want, I can give you a link to full piano accompaniment to the voice line. (Keep in mind though that this accompaniment is complex and probably will not fall easily to Duet.)


    I would like to know the link to the piano accompaniment. Thank you


  4. The ICA wishes all concertina players a Happy New year


    As always we will be continually aiming for a bright future for the concertina.


    We mainly represent three types of concertina. English, Anglo and Duet. We have been continuously improving the service to our members in 2010 and will continue to do so in 2011. Do keep your eye on the website. We are an organisation for members but also of members. Therefore we hope that you will squeeze along with us. That all concertina players around the world will continue to provide us with interesting tips and material for research and publication in all of our publications: Concertina World Magazine with Music Supplement, PICA and the website.


    Happy Squeezing

  5. 2. Stop using Internet Explorer.


    I know all this. All old news for almost everybody I think, which keeps being repeated. But I do not possess all the software available in this world let alone the knowledge how to work with them. So we will have to do with what I do have and so with what I have produced for the moment.

    I have used Firefox myself for a while but there are quite a lot of websites ( good ones) that will not work entirely in Firefox. So a never ending circle.

    I just hope that people can use the lesson I made and if they cannot get into it because of a different browser then I am sorry but that is part of electronic life as we now know it.


    Nevetheless I will continue to make lessons and will keep making them available on the net.

    Happy New Year

  6. On the website concertina academy click on "tuition/downloads" button where you will find a new item, called "Free lessons; song accompaniment".

    It is a step by step approach how to work out song accompaniment. If you want to see the slide show full screen, there is a tiny button on the right side, bottom of page.

    Enjoy and a Happy New Musical Year to all.


  7. "Tom Carey, from Cree (West Clare), had his first concertina lessons many years before Claire Keville was born, and this CD is long overdue. I once found myself in Crotty’s pub in Kilrush and gradually realised that the gentle man next to me, playing a battered Jeffries, was the same fine player I had many years earlier heard on a Free Reed recording! Time has not weakened Tom Carey’s style since the release of those 3 tracks. The tunes are very much from the heart of the tradition, and there is a light but determined pulse to these jigs and reels (with one slow air and a hornpipe), which, sprinkled with some “same direction” decorations give a dancing lift to the playing. The bellows use, and the variation from legato to more staccato passages add to a certain sense of urgency, particularly on the reels, though the playing never races out of control, and always has a rich, expressive warmth. Gentle backup is provided by Josephine Marsh (accordion) and Therese McInerney (fiddle). A timely and beautifully executed reminder of styles that developed over the first half of the 20th Century, the CD is simply entitled “Tom Carey” (GL0002).


    This is the missing part. I still do not know how it managed to escape. But the software has played a trick on me probably after having done some last editing. I am very sorry about that. I will include it in next CW and we will publish it on the website also.

    Do mail me when you find any mistakes. Kind regards


  8. The International Concertin Association has a new librarian who has great plans to publish more of what we have in the library. There is a lot of interest which cannot be seen yet. But you will find in coming publications of Concertina World and on the website www.concertina.org which is at this moment being renewed (will take a little time though) more information soon. Also we are working on digitalizing all the music in the library so that it becomes available more easily.

    Pauline de Snoo

  9. Additional information:

    What I am doing here is going in a sequence (which is I - IV - VII - III - VI - II - V- I) within a scale but using altered chords. So sometimes there is a note outside the scale. Look at the pdfs where I give these sequences in all scales and in three different ways.

    Practicing that means that you will get in your fingers a sequence which is often used in jazz or any melody. Especially the last bit of a sequence.

    II - V -I -IV is an example of part of a sequence used in Autumn Leaves and many other tunes.

    This is advanced work but will help people who know a bit about this and may help them to actually practice it on concertina.

    So it is not just theory going round the cycle of fifths,

    If you do not understand this it is best to learn some theory on chords first.

  10. Any record shops where I might find EC CDs?


    Yes, Hobgoblin, again!




    They sell only folk music cds on concertina and not many, but again on the internet you can also find more of those and also of other styles of music. But as for myself I can only say that my first time ever visit was a wonderful experience just to see the shop.


  11. For the beginning of this year a technical exercise. How to play in octaves and we practise with the scale of C Major.

    Instructions on the sheetmusic but also added a videoclip. Have a go at it...concertina-academy under tuition/downloads.

    (It is my fingering and if you find this difficult, try to just do it slower and slower and probably in the end you can)



  12. Yes I put regularly new exercises on my website plus the videoclips that offer something for beginners to the english concertina.

    And then there are the lessons by Martyn Allen on youtube (interview with him in next ICA Newsletter (march 2008)


  13. I am glad you managed to get it all. In Firefox you can scroll with the up and down arrows after positioning the cursor in the page. And probably there was a problem viewing the website because I was updating the website and it was not available all the time.

    Thanks for watching and have fun with the tunes.



    All I can see is last months tune. I have trouble viewing this site anyway, many pages seem to continue beyond the visible screen page but I can't scroll down. Perhaps it's one of the few sites that aren't compatible with Firefox.


    Edited to add:

    Cancel most of the above. My browser had cached the page so refreshing worked. Still have pages disappearing off the bottom of the screen though.


    Edited again to add:

    The Ken Bongort tune is there but no sign of Hark the Herald Angels Sing...


    Final edit!:

    Today (24 hours later) the Christmas carol is there. I'm beginning to wonder if I have a cookies problem.

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