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hi there welcome to the online Academy

of Irish music my name is Edith Fox and

I'm here today to show you some tips and

tricks and skills for playing the

concertina so I suppose the first thing

really that I'm going to talk about is

the instrument itself that I have here

and this is a concertina that I got not

so long ago and it's a Wiley Carol

concertina but it has 30 keys so the

most standard because was the standard

amount of of of keys that you would get

on a knee glance Regina is 30 sometimes

people play like a 38 key concertina and

that just means it has some extra

buttons in the top and it's a diatonic

instrument of so which that which means

that when you pull and when you press a

button and you pull this this is the

bellows hey you get one no no but when

you press that same button and you push

the bellows you get a different note so

I suppose the funny thing about learning

the concertina is it doesn't when you're

looking for it say for example the scale

of D which is a very very commonly used

scale or a very commonly used key in our

situation music when you're looking for

that scale on the house Gina it doesn't

follow a specific pattern as such and

because the concertina was originally

built with this middle row being the key

of C okay the same on the other side all

in the key of C the inside role is key

of G okay same over here and these

outside rules are rules of accidentals

okay so to play the key of D or the

scale of G you have to use a combination

of the three rows okay so I'm going to

show you where the very first note in

the scale of T is going to be D

obviously so I'll just show you where

that is it's with your third finger and

when I talk about fingers in the

concertina I'm referring to my first

finger second courage and forth okay so

it's on the third rule which means I'm


use my third finger okay first finger

for the first rule second finger for the

second row third for the third you use

your little finger for that fourth row

and you don't really use these buttons

very regularly but if you were to use

and they're very very low notes on the

left hand side and very high notes on

the right hand side if you were to use

them you'd also use your little finger

okay so again you've got your first

finger for the first row I leave those

three buttons second finger for the

second row any of those three buttons

courage for the third row and fourth for

the fourth row so it's the same men on

the other side to play d the first note

of the D scale it's on the third row

down this button here and you played

with your third finger and you pull up

so D is on the pull okay so after G

you're going to be playing e e''z with

your second finger on the second row and

you push it in


now in the scale of tea you're going to

use F sharp F sharp is on the inside row

this is what we call inside row the rule

being near your body you use your little

finger or your pinky finger to pull the

- ah so I'm gonna do those three notes

again for you d is the third finger

third rule on the pull you use your

second finger second role on the push

uh s is your baby finger on the inside

girl and you put okay so after after

them have G to find G it's on the first

roll with your first finger and you push

it in


so de f here


now eight is actually quite easy to find

in that it's the same button as G but

you pull it out okay

so I'll do those first five notes again

ah okay then for B you're gonna move to

your right hand side your first finger

in the middle top row and you put now so

my C sharp um my concertina is here with

my second finger on the push some of you

will find it up here on the push on the

first string on my concertina happens to

be on the puller lot of you I guarantee

you will find it there on the push okay

mine happens to be here and then to

finish off the high D that I always

teach first and I always use is over

here first finger on the left hand side

on the inside roll you push it in ah so

it is actually kind of hard to get to

grasps with the D scale and because

there's no real pattern per se you know

to where the notes are I suppose it's

just really a case of learning us and

finding exactly where they are and learn

the mouth where the D scale just to

recap on it again

I'll talk over it as well as you know

exactly where I am third finger on the

third row left hand side pull his teeth

II second finger push

ah s little finger inside roll pull

G first finger push

a is the same button but you pull and

you move to the left hand side and you

get B c-sharp and remember my one is on

the second roll yours might be on the

first roll

- here and then the final note this is

one of the hidys on the concertina it's

on the left hand side and you push it in

that's the one I would like you to learn

first that Heidi okay so I'll do it one

more time


okay and when you get confident with it

you can then play it backwards


if you were to stay in the key of D and

do something really simple I suppose

everybody knows how to encode twinkle

thumbs and we will use just some of the

notes that are my pre-teaching so

twinkle twinkle