Concertina Skills

Note: This course will expire soon. New Concertina content in the pipeline.. 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 and developed in great detail throughout the course. These techniques include grace-notes, cranns, double noting, chords and the use of variation. The course will help learners develop skills on the concertina that are transferable to tunes already featuring in the learner repertoire and to any future tunes acquired. Notation is provided as well as downloadable mp3's of each of the tunes played slowly.

Concertina Skills
 
OAIM Free 'Concertina Skills' Sample Lesson

'The Lobster'

Ernestine teaches the reel 'The Lobster', demonstrating single and double grace notes ...

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Course Syllabus for Full Access Lessons
Concertina Skills Lesson 1

This first lesson will teach the basics of how to hold the concertina and how to play the 'press' and 'draw' scale in the key of G.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 2

In this lesson, the Hornpipe, 'The Lakes of Falcarragh' will be taught. Ernestine teaches the bare melody of the tune, phrase by phrase with emphasis on correct fingering patterns.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 3

This lesson will continue to teach the Hornpipe, "The Lakes of Falcarragh". Ernestine will begin her study of grace-notes, rolls and cranns on the concertina.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 4

The Hornpipe, 'The Lakes of Falcarragh' will continue to be taught in this lesson. Octave playing, chords and variation will all be introduced throughout the course of the lesson

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Concertina Skills Lesson 5

This lesson will teach the Jig, 'Mick Cooney's Fancy'. Ernestine teaches the bare melody of the tune, phrase by phrase with emphasis on correct fingering patterns.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 6

In this lesson, the tune, 'Mick Cooney's Fancy' will continue to be taught. Ornamentation, variation and chords will all be added to the tune.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 7

The Set-Dance, 'The Jockey at the Fair' will be taught in this lesson.  Ernestine teaches the bare melody of the tune, phrase by phrase with emphasis on correct fingering patterns.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 8

This lesson will continue teaching the tune, 'The Jockey at the Fair'. Ernestine will explore the possibilities of ornamentation and variation that could be used within the tune. The lesson is broken down into 3 sections.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 9

This lesson will teach 'The Sliabh Luachra Hornpipe'. Ernestine teaches the bare melody of the tune, phrase by phrase with emphasis on correct fingering patterns.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 10

In this lesson,  'The Sliabh Luachra Hornpipe' will continue to be taught, with focus on variation and ornamentation. 

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Concertina Skills Lesson 11

This lesson will teach the Lament, "Amhrán na Trá Báine". Ernestine discusses the use of vibrato in this air as well as grace-notes and chords.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 12

The Reel, "Paddy Fahy's No. 18" will feature in this lesson. Ernestine teaches the bare melody of the tune, phrase by phrase with emphasis on correct fingering patterns.

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Concertina Skills Lesson 13

This lesson will continue to teach the reel, "Paddy Fahy's No. 18", with focus on grace-notes, chords, melodic and rhythmic variation.

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Tunes Taught
  • The Lakes of Falcarragh
  • Mick Cooney's Fancy
  • The Jockey at the Fair
  • The Sliabh Luachra Hornpipe
  • Amhrán na Trá Báine
  • Paddy Fahy's No. 18

Tutor Info

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 postgrad programme during 2008/09, she then went onto lecture on the BA in Irish Music and Dance undergraduate programme in 2009. Ernestine has also worked as a tutor in the Music Department in University College Cork. Ernestine is an internationally recognized concertina player, as well as a tutor and producer on the Irish musical scene....[Read More]