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Geoff Wooff

Tutor For The English 'in French'?

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Does anyone know if a French language Tutor book for the English Concertina exists ?

 

One of my neighbours has begun her learning with a Jackie and its method book and labouriously translating it for her own use, she asked me if anything exists in French. I am helping her as best I can but any and every learning tool is an aid to those who are used to working that way, and for someone who has never done more with music than learn a few chord shapes on the guitar.

 

Any thoughts ?

 

Geoff.

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The Frank Butler book, available as a free download on concertina.com is probably self-explanatory enough with good graphics (in case you can't find one in French).

 

Gary

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Thanks for that Gary,

 

I recall the Frank Butler book from the days when I was starting..... I'll take a look.

 

Geoff.

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Well Mike,

translating is not too bad a problem, my wife and/or myself should be able manage that. Translating in a musical sense of course , in France they don't use the ABC# etc but Do diese, Ré, Mi bemol etc. But why I am asking for a french tutor is that there is a certain element of ear memory which is greatly helpful when starting out to play an instrument, especially a melodic one. Frank Butler goes fairly straight into reading the score as his anchor for the pupil... which is ok IF the pupil knows how to read it or knows the melodies chosen.

 

A french person will have lots of simple nursery rhymes, Christmas carols etc etc which are well implanted in the memory and mostly not the same as our English speaking tune memories... hence a " Methode de Concertina Anglais" would be a help.

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. . .which is ok IF the pupil knows how to read it or knows the melodies chosen. A french person will have lots of simple nursery rhymes, Christmas carols etc etc which are well implanted in the memory and mostly not the same as our English speaking tune memories..."

So true. As an English-speaking person with some familiarity with British tunes, I found some of Butler's assumptions (of the "every schoolboy knows" variety) amusing, and not particularly helpful.

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A french person will have lots of simple nursery rhymes, Christmas carols etc etc which are well implanted in the memory and mostly not the same as our English speaking tune memories... hence a " Methode de Concertina Anglais" would be a help.

 

It’s a fascinating question. I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t one.

 

Remember Juliette Daum? She hasn’t been on concertina.net in years. Maybe if you got in touch with her she might know.

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Thanks for the suggestion David.

 

I recall that Juliette lived somewhere close by . Worth a try I guess.

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Hmmm.... Yes. I think this has been added to her library.

 

Still we are looking to see if there is a 'Methode' in French ..... but also translating what material we have and all learning from the process. I have suggested to include a 'learning tunes by ear' approach and so far she is pulling melodies out of her memory and trying them.

 

At her latest 'please help me' visit the liking for several tunes our band played at the local Folk Bal was mentioned so I countered that the band members learned all those tunes 'by ear'... someone would suggest a new tune and we'd all record them playing it, take that home and learn the piece. I hope we can use this approach with our new concertina player who is getting on well as a raw beginner at music reading from the Wakker tutor.

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