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Concertina Lessons From OAIM

A wondrous reed instrument, the concertina is one of the most expansive and robust melodic characters of Irish Music. Its chromatic sound, like that of the accordion, ‘bellows’ a crescendo of interspersing notes. Yet, mastering the intricacies of its harmonic structure is easier said than done. Our detailed and simple-to-understand concertina lessons are unparalleled in enhancing your musical development.

Learn how to tame and tease its bellows, with the help of our tutors and courses designed to give you the direction to embrace one of Ireland’s most-characteristic instruments.

OAIM Concertina Courses

Concertina Basics

This course is designed to equip the beginner with all the rudiments necessary to play Irish music on the concertina. It begins with a series of three free lessons then progresses through to the fifteen...

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Concertina Foundations

Concertina foundations is a course aimed at the player who already knows how to play the concertina but who wants to learn or improve on the basic foundations of concertina playing...

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Edel's Concertina Skills

Concertina Skills is aimed at the more experienced Concertina learner. Thirteen tunes are examined throughout the course with each focusing on specific techniques that are...

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Ernestine's Concertina Skills

Concertina skills is a course aimed at the more advanced concertina learner. Six tunes are examined throughout the twelve-week course. These tunes are used to teach specific techniques that are demonstrated...

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"First, let me thank you for the very prompt and effective response to my request yesterday … Fine folks in customer service can have as much to do with maintaining a patron's membership as the quality of the web site's content.Compliments to the entire team at OAIM. I dabble with all the music listed, except banjo and accordion, and find the time spent with OAIM sessions very rewarding."

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OAIM Free Beginner Concertina Lessons

Lesson 1

Concertina Basics - Free Lesson 1

This is the first of six introductory lessons for the concertina. Hand and finger positioning will be demonstrated and... Read More

Lesson 2

Concertina Basics - Free Lesson 2

In this lesson Edel will teach the tune 'Maggie in the Woods' in the key of G major. Before doing so, she will demonstrate and... Read More

Lesson 3

Concertina Basics - Free Lesson 3

Terry Teehan's Polka is the tune taught in this lesson. Edel will discuss the use of the air button in this tutorial.Read More

OAIM Free Intermediate Concertina Lessons

Lesson 1

Concertina Foundations - Sample Lesson

In this lesson,the polka 'Road to Prizon' is taught, with focus on the ornament 'the cut'. Read More

Lesson 1

Edel's Concertina Skills - Sample Lesson

In this introductory lesson to Anglo Concertina Skills, Edel will teach... Read More

Lesson 2

Ernestine's Concertina Skills - Sample Lesson

Ernestine teaches the reel 'The Lobster',  demonstrating single... Read More

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Edel Fox

Edel Fox

Edel Fox is a concertina player from Miltown Malbay Co. Clare. She began playing at the age of 7 and was fortunate to be brought up in an area and environment where traditional music was in abundance. Edel learnt much of her music from concertina players Noel Hill, Dymphna O’Sullivan, Tim Collins and Tony O’Connell...[Read More]

Ernestine Healy

Ernestine Healy

Ernestine hails from County Mayo. A qualified secondary school teacher, she has also worked as a lecturer in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, in the University of Limerick. Having occupied the position of Acting Course Director on the Graduate Diploma in Music Education…[Read More]