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I've recently purchased a 20 key Lachenal (C/G). It is a beautiful instrument and I'm really enjoying playing it. I've started working through Easy Anglo 1-2-3. I'm looking for some suggestions of other useful resources for an absolute beginner please. 

 

My apologies. I've added this additional edit to my post as I think I have posted it in the wrong section of the forum. It ought to be in the teaching and learning section! 

 

Helen.

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Topic moved to Teaching and Learning.

 

Welcome!

Ken

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2 hours ago, Ken_Coles said:

Topic moved to Teaching and Learning.

 

Welcome!

Ken

 

Thank you Ken. I'm sorry I posted in the wrong place. 

 

I'm only in the early stages of learning. So far this means the first song in the book I'm currently using.

 

Helen.

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Helen,

 

Welcome! Gary's books are excellent, and some of them are explicitly for the 20-button Anglo, which is relatively rare. You can't go wrong with any of them, as far as I'm concerned.

 

Some other free resources I've found useful one way or another (I learn best from written material and have fairly old-fashioned and eclectic tastes).

 

Australian Bush music Anglo Concertina Tutor: https://www.bushtraditions.org/tutors/concertina.htm

Merrill's Harmonic Method for the Concertina (1872): https://archive.org/details/merrillsharmonic00merr/page/n6 (ignore the "music theory" section)

Chapter 10 of Dan Worrall's "The Anglo-German Concertina: a Social History": https://books.google.com/books?id=JKZO1aevsiIC&pg=PA229&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

If learning by ear is more your thing, Alan Day's tutorial may be helpful: http://concertina.folkweb.co.uk/

 

There are also excellent video tutorials available online. Even just the free sample at https://www.oaim.ie/concertina/concertina-basics/ is a good beginner's lesson, but the whole course is great if you're interested in Irish music (for which there are a ton of training materials available online). It is, of course, also a much more up-to-date and modern style of playing. Others will be able to direct you more knowledgeably there.

 

Have fun!

 

Mike

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21 hours ago, MJGray said:

...Australian Bush music Anglo Concertina Tutor: https://www.bushtraditions.org/tutors/concertina.htm ...

 

That's the one I've been using since Day 1. 'Since then I have used no other.', as the old advertisement used

to say.

 

It's very easy to adapt to your own button numbering convention (if you have one), and to add the ABM tabs

to your own scores (either by hand, or in ABC scripts).

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Hello Mike.

 

Thank you for your post. 

 

I am still working my way through 1,2,3 Anglo. I was thinking of ordering another one of his books soon. 

 

Thank you for the list of web-links/free resources.

 

In terms of learning my ear...what I've been doing is using Gary's book and then following the music. Once I feel I get a tune I try playing it without the music. I've been using his video links to see how the tune should sound. (My playing is still very basic).

 

I'm interested in trying out all types of music. Anything beginner really.

 

Thank you once again replying for my post. I'm enjoying learning...albeit slowly.

 

Helen.

 

 

 

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Hi lachenal74693,

 

Thank you for the recommendation. Once I'm feeling more 'brave' I'll take a look at Australian Bush music Anglo Concertina Tutor: https://www.bushtraditions.org/tutors/concertina.htm

 

I don't have a button numbering convention. I've just been following the Anglo 1,2,3 book. I see there are a lot of different systems though. It may get confusing for me!

 

Thank you for replying to my post.

 

Helen.

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1 hour ago, H__ said:

Thank you for the recommendation....Thank you for replying to my post.

My pleasure - all part of the service...

 

I'm aware of three tablature systems. Two of them (ABM and Mick Bramich's) use the same button

numbering convention, (though the two systems are rather different on first appearance). Two out of

three is good enough for me, so after 'graduating' early from MB's system, I moved to ABM. It's concise,

and is therefore relatively quick to add to the tunes that you want to learn, as opposed to those in a book,

which you may hate. That is, I do not want to learn Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (which is in the book) but I

do want to learn Hot Cross Buns (which is not in the book).

 

Moi! Awkward? Jamais!

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