Concertina Basics

This course is designed to equip the beginner with all the rudiments necessary to play Irish music on the concertina. How to hold the instrument, proper hand / finger posture, the use of the air button and alternate fingering are all important fundamentals that will be addressed in the early lessons. There will be a progressive study of scales, ornamentation, use of chords and octave playing throughout the eighteen lessons. The 'Concertina Basics' course will equip the beginner with the necessary rudiments to begin a journey down the long and adventurous road of Irish concertina playing. By the end of the course, the learner will have a repertoire of seventeen popular Irish tunes, the ability to play cuts, rolls, chords and octaves and will have a deeper understanding of the Irish music tradition. 

This is the very first OAIM course to have accompanying animated diagrams. When Edel is teaching each tune slowly, phrase by phrase, there are graphic inserts of each side of the concertina, with highlighted buttons showing where to press and when to push or pull. We are convinced that learning the concertina with these innovative lessons couldn't be made easier!


Lessons

FREE

The Scale of D Major

Concertina Basics Lesson 1


Level 1 | Melody

Hand and Finger Positioning, The Scale of D Major and a Simple Nursery Rhyme.

 

FREE

Maggie in the Woods

Concertina Basics Lesson 2


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of G

Polka

Terry Teehan's

Concertina Basics Lesson 3


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Air Button!

Polka

Johnny Will You Marry Me

Concertina Basics Lesson 4


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercise on the Scale of G Major

Fling

Green Grow the Rushes

Concertina Basics Lesson 5


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of G Major and introduction to the Triplet

Fling

John McHugh's

Concertina Basics Lesson 6


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Triplets!

Jig

A Hundred Pipers

Concertina Basics Lesson 7


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Alternative Fingering and the Chord of G

Jig

Bantry Bay

Concertina Basics Lesson 8


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Alternative Fingering and Triplets

Hornpipe

The Boys of Tandragee

Concertina Basics Lesson 9


E Minor | Level 1 | Melody

The Roll, Triplets and Chords

Jig

The Maid of Feakle

Concertina Basics Lesson 10


A Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of A Major / Alternative Fingering

Reel

The Feakle Jig

Concertina Basics Lesson 11


D Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Cuts and Chords

Jig

Sporting Paddy

Concertina Basics Lesson 12


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

The Roll!

Reel

The Carrigkerry Slide

Concertina Basics Lesson 13


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Cuts, Chords and Octaving!

Slide

Con Cassidy's

Concertina Basics Lesson 14


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Chords and Playing Two Tunes Together!

Slide

An Spealadoir

Concertina Basics Lesson 15


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation

Hornpipe

Joe Banes Barndance

Concertina Basics Lesson 16


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Chords!

Barndance

Dan the Cobbler

Concertina Basics Lesson 17


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation

Jig

Tomeen O'Dea's

Concertina Basics Lesson 18


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation

Reel

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Online Academy of Irish Music

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