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In this blog I play and talk through four tunes on my GD, three of which I have already used in my EC tutorials. I think I'm beginning to make some progress but experienced players will no doubt pick up on a few rookie errors I'm still making - air button etc. Anyway, here's the link:- https://youtu.be/9a3yE0lMMZY and I hope you enjoy the video! Les
If you click the links below the titles you will be able to view these videos on You Tube. Scroll to the bottom to see the latest. The first few are general videos and then you will see the lessons which you can view in numerical order. In general, the videos lessons will gradually introduce more technique/theory over time. All lesson videos have a short summary of their contents under the title. All tab sheets and documents can be downloaded from my website www.daddylongles.com - Go to "Concertina Music". Please be aware that I use my own tablature for these lessons with some standard musical notation here and there. There is a special video which explains this tablature. I will add to the list as I record more videos in the future and hope very much they may be of use to any beginners on this instrument. General Videos:- A Short Video To Introduce Myself https://youtu.be/YPg80a4SvNM An Introduction To The English Concertina https://youtu.be/iG8-3dsSWkc Understanding The Layout And Learning The Notes On The English Concertina https://youtu.be/aor69M4oEf0 My English Concertina Tablature Explained https://youtu.be/VwSVDqsz02k The Jackie 30 Button English Concertina Versus a 48 or 56 Button Model https://youtu.be/IhvrtWpby8g The Jackie 30 Button English Concertina Compared With a Lachenal 48 Button Model https://youtu.be/iVPD6zP5Wro Looking Inside A Lachenal Vintage Concertina https://youtu.be/KZEKtMEWGMI The Lachenal Concertina Slide Show https://youtu.be/TbgAHsr5LHY Opening Up An English Concertina To Try To Fix A Fault https://youtu.be/artO0jTQDvY Looking Inside A Jackie Concertina https://youtu.be/kQ6ivydMAiQ Marcus English Treble Concertina - First Impressions https://youtu.be/2nGCWZUY2wE Lesson Videos (Perfect for a beginner - filmed with three cameras in HD):- Video Lesson 1 - Morning Has Broken Key of C major. All notes on rows 2 and 3. How to hold the instrument. The position of Middle C and D in relation to the thumb straps. Simple harmony - two buttons played together. Advice on practice and fingernails. https://youtu.be/WZ2LaPOOiDU Video Lesson 2 - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Key of C major. https://youtu.be/2VDVFSsWKvY Video Lesson 3 - On Top Of Old Smoky Key of D major. F# played for the first time. Expression with bellows. https://youtu.be/8iyyLtxXQLw Video Lesson 4 - The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended Key of G major. All notes in the scale of G major used. Muscle memory. Tone through confidence! First ornament (a mordent). 3-note chord on the end of the piece. https://youtu.be/afvyAA30DKA Video Lesson 5 - In The Bleak Midwinter Key of C major. Two-note chords. Another mordent. Dotted notes. Staccato notes. https://youtu.be/q7VuoGXYo18 Video Lesson 6 - He Who Would Valiant Be Key of C major. Dotted notes. All notes in the scale of C major played in this tune. https://youtu.be/S0W9vxQrnJM Video Lesson 7 - What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor? In the D Dorian mode - (D minor). https://youtu.be/fMaRBGiRg4I Video Lesson 8 - Skye Boat Song Key of C major. Lots of low notes!! https://youtu.be/pr7DDagGaf0 Video Lesson 9 - Be Still Key of D major. F# and C# played. All 8 notes in the scale of D major played in this tune. Tasteful ending!! https://youtu.be/cw3UE5tm1Ok Video Lesson 10 - Danny Boy Key of C major. 12 notes used - the most so far! Grace notes added. Expression. Rubato. https://youtu.be/SgHp96YBlS4 Video Lesson 11 - Home On The Range Key of D major. Ornaments - mordent and grace notes. 1st finger used on row 1 accidentals for the first time (C#). 4-note chord on the end. https://youtu.be/jtW-zXwnTuo Video Lesson 12 - Shepherd's Hey Played in four keys G major, C major, D minor and A minor - all using the same pattern of buttons. 1,3,8 chord played on the end. https://youtu.be/aS_wrS8g7bI Video Lesson 13 - Oh My Darling Clementine Key of D major. Low C# used so you need to play it with finger 1 on that top row. Interesting ending - an A major chord broken up and with appropriate fingering. https://youtu.be/4nQs5o0LvqU Video Lesson 14 - Away In A Manger Key of E major. Four sharps!! F# C# G# and D#. Changing the fingering to suit the tune https://youtu.be/5mAxiZN1dSk Video Lesson 15 - Cattle Call (Theme To The Woodentops) Key of G major. Playing the tune in harmony. 6/8 time. Reversing the bellows on identical phrases to get a different tone. https://youtu.be/COOIJaSPrJg Video Lesson 16 - The Aldbury May Song Key of D major. Reading the dots (musical notation) for the first time! https://youtu.be/7Otxq4pUChQ Video Lesson 17 - The Grenadier And The Lady In A Aeolian mode (A minor) Tab and sheet music - more advanced timings to learn on the sheet music https://youtu.be/_jgV3NYHu5g Video Lesson 18 - Speed The Plough In G major Tab and sheet music. Playing quavers smoothly. https://youtu.be/ObHGH7ZNfsI Video Lesson 19 - Silent Night Playing in A major for the first time. 6/8 time signature. Left hand change of position for the fingering to make it comfortable to play the G# and C#. https://youtu.be/vd33vmRqk-g Video Lesson 20 - Drink To Me Only In G major. Played and explained as single notes and also in harmony. https://youtu.be/AXUufZhkRec Video Lesson 21 - Happy Birthday In G major. This is a good key for all to sing in. https://youtu.be/eRLAayXeBbc Video Lesson 22 - Amazing Grace In G major. Played in single notes with ornaments and then with a drone. This is the first time I have featured a drone - a low G played all the way through to give us a sort of bagpipes effect. https://youtu.be/JHRPlQDAO2s Video Lesson 23 - The Irish Washerwoman In G major. Playing the same button with different fingers on this Irish tune. https://youtu.be/JgQ1pAxJvjo Video Lesson 24 - Where Is Love? (Oliver!) In C major. Lovely tune with quite a lot of accidentals https://youtu.be/QiP3ZgVrQMw Video Lesson 25 - The Red Haired Boy Not in its usual key of A but in G here. I play it with a hornpipe feel - again, this is unusual but I think it works well. https://youtu.be/Oi5RTJdeTmg Video Lesson 26 - Sankta Lucia A lovely old Swedish Christmas song in G. Features a C# accidental. https://youtu.be/Q2hY8TJNrbQ Video Lesson 27 - William Taylor's Tabletop Hornpipe A lovely tune in E minor. My wife dances to this in her Morris side. https://youtu.be/5T16nlsb6fA Video Lesson 28 - Bobby Shafto In G major. Two versions of the tune and some ornaments in the B part. https://youtu.be/ZGA64xajQYI Video Lesson 29 - Captain Maguire In D major. Quite a brisk and cheerful tune to warm your fingers up! https://youtu.be/i41Ui98E33w Video Lesson 30 - Yankee Doodle In D major. Very well known tune. https://youtu.be/z65oX_vIhwo Video Lesson 31 - Jon's Polka In D major. In this lesson emphasis is placed on changing bellows direction at the correct moment. https://youtu.be/H9R9Qgi82Xg Video Lesson 32 - Gaudete In G aeolian. In four parts. Again the emphasis is on correct bellows technique. You can hear all four parts together at the start of the video. https://youtu.be/ahAvKfXR3yo