Concertina Foundations is aimed at those who already know how to play the anglo concertina but who want to learn, or improve, on the basic foundations. It’s an excellent follow-on course for those that have already taken Concertina Basics.
By the end of the course, you will have added a further eleven popular Irish tunes to your repertoire plus mastered some common ornamentation styles. The course has 18 lessons, broken into 3 to 4 tutorials each, where tunes are taught phrase by phrase.
Concertina Foundations covers the use of alternate fingering patterns, basic grace-notes, an introduction to chords, double noting and variation. Most of the tunes taught are picked from a repertoire of common session tunes thus enabling you to go to local Irish music sessions and join in with confidence knowing that there’s a good chance you will have tunes in common with the other musicians.
The traditional Irish tunes taught in this course are:
The Lilting Banshee
Ship In Full Sail
Maids Of Glenroe
Five Mile Chase
The Upside Down Page
The Bird In The Cage
The Little Drummer Boy
Kitty Got A Clinking At The Races
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of The Road to Prizon
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.