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New online lesson launched by McNeela (taught by Jack Talty)


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I've signed up for this course even though I've been playing for 3 years. It seems well designed. The videos are uncomplicated with the fingers being clearly shown and Jack's voice is distinct and measured . He is spending the first few lessons emphasising good habits while introducing the notes and scales. Diagrams and notation are shown in the video at appropriate times and are always available on the page to be downloaded in pdf form. Each lesson so far is quite short and has points where a pause for practice is suggested.

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Early on he says he plays a Wheatstone layout, but like Paul above I haven't gotten very far.  I play Jeffries (more specifically the Carroll variation that has three C#s on the RH outside row), but I can't imagine it will make a lot of difference, and he may well go over both fingering options on specific tunes.

 

I'm only on lesson 6 or 7, and I'm enjoying it so far, even though it's basic stuff, and I'm an intermediate player.  Like Caitlin's irishconcertinalessons.com, you get closeups of both hands to help see the fingering.  Caitlin walks you through the notes with a lot more repetition, which is helpful.  But Jack, so far, talks more (so far) about technique, best practices, and things to avoid.

 

I was surprised to see that on only the second or third tune presented, Jack gets into harmony/chord options.  That's good from my perspective, as my own playing is limited in that area.

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I got a concertina 8 days ago and started Jack Talty's lessons that day and have been doing one lesson per day. I think the course is absolutely excellent from a beginner's persepctive, considering how much I can do in such a short time, and not having played music much at all in about 25 years. I feel like he's setting me up with good habits and a good foundation, and the course is laid out very logically. He does mention where the fingerings would be different for a Jeffries layout.

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I've just discovered that Jack seems to be using an instrument with a slightly different layout to mine, In Lesson 7 he calls for a low A on the push and locates it on the G row left hand  but I have a D there. I've checked my layout agrees with that published in David Elliotts maintenance manual.

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