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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)

 

Absolute Beginners' Concertina, by Mick Bramich. Posset Press, 2000, 24 pages, paperback, tablature system: number/letter/square.

 

Anweilung das Accordion Zu Spielen, by J.G. Hoselbarth. Self-published, 1837, 15 pages, 11 tunes, tablature system: number/^. Available as free download at www.concertina.com

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

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)

 

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.

 

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/^.

 

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: 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.

 

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 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 several online courses for playing the 30-button Anglo in the Irish style:

 

Online Academy of Irish Music (Edel Fox, Ernestine Healy, Caroline Keane, Liam O'Brien):  www.oaim.ie

Caitlin Nic Gabhann:  www.irishconcertinalessons.com

Niall Vallely (Concertina CD ROM Tutorial):  www.tradirishmusic.com

 

 

ANGLO (40-button)

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

All-Systems Duet Workshop Tutor, by Brian Hayden. Self-published, 1994, 20 pages, 31 tunes. Available as free download at www.concertina.com

 

How to Play Chords on Any Maccann Duet Concertina, by Robert Gaskins. Self-published, 2001, 51 pages. Available as free download at www.concertina.com

 

(manuscript book of chord layouts), author unknown, c.1915, 76 pages. Available as free download at www.concertina.com

 

(manuscript tutor), by Henry Stanley, c.1940, 41 pages. Available as free download at www.concertina.com

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

 

CRANE / TRIUMPH DUET

 

All-Systems Duet Workshop Tutor, by Brian Hayden. Self-published, 1994, 20 pages, 31 tunes. Available as free download at www.concertina.com

 

Crane's Patent English Combination Concertina Tutor, by H. Wilton-Bulstrode. Crane & Sons, 1896, 54 pages, 31 tunes. Available as free download at www.concertina.com

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

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 www.concertina.com

 

 

HAYDEN DUET

 

All-Systems Duet Workshop Tutor, by Brian Hayden. Self-published, 1994, 20 pages, 31 tunes. Available as free download at www.concertina.com

 

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.

 

Gary

 

 

 

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Gary has been working with us at C.net on this project for some time and has put a lot of effort into drafting and revising the list. I want to be the first to thank him for this effort. I have more of these books than I would have guessed, and got to check a few details for him.

 

I will pin this thread and Gary plans to update it, similar to the way Daniel Hersh maintains the "Current Makes of Concertina" list in the General Discussion forum.

 

Ken

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Fantastic resource! Thank you for compiling this.

 

A small addition to the 20-button list, and a personal favorite of mine:

Merrill's Harmonic Method (1872) - https://archive.org/details/merrillsharmonic00merr

 

And while I was looking for that, I found this for English (which I don't play):

The Concertina Without A Master (1857; Case, Sedgwick, & Ruttinger) - https://archive.org/details/concertinawithou00case

 

Mike

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10 hours ago, gcoover said:

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.

 

Ives, P., The Anglo Concertina. See https://www.pipives.co.uk/tutor_book.html.

 

Alan Day's tutorial is available (perhaps more conveniently?) from: 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-P88mucXaqTHtx8vv1_1cqxg_1ih6C_r.

This zipped download is maintained by Don Taylor, a frequent contributor to this forum

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Corrected factual error - got my 'tutors-in-a-twist'
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Very good list, Gary. I noticed that most / every link that lands at the end of a sentence includes the period, invalidating the link. I appreciate good grammar as much as the next guy, but I think just delete the periods.

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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

 

 

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14 hours ago, gcoover said:

Concertina Workshop: Tutor for the English Concertina, by Alistair Anderson. Topic Records/Free Reed, 1974, 40 pages, 30 tunes. Available as free download at fwww.free-reed.co.uk

This one is possibly slightly easier/quicker to access on AA's own web page? It's the 2nd link

on the page: http://www.alistairanderson.com/cds/2008-concertina-workshop.htm. The page

links back to the Free Reed page, so nothing is 'lost'.

 

Note the grammatically correct full stop after the link...😎

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On 11/18/2020 at 7:17 PM, gcoover said:

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.

  

What a splendid and well-researched list! Thank you!

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