• The Irish Concertina Book

The Irish Concertina Book

by Mick Bramich

Many people buy or acquire an Anglo concertina and find that it is less intuitive to play than it first appears.

What is needed, instead, is a systematic approach and, at last, here it is.

You don't have to play specifically Irish music to utilize this style; the system employed is one of the most efficient ways of exploiting the peculiar nuances of this instrument and can be applied to any genre.

Keys are tackled in order of difficulty and all types of tune - including slow airs - are tackled. A decent selection of tunes is included.

The book contains 17 photographs and numerous illustrations and diagrams; 14 reels, 20 jigs, 10 hornpipes and 12 miscellaneous tunes, (56 in total, many with chords), rudiments of music, list of dealers, extensive bibliography and discography and a chord chart. The optional tape contains extracts from each chapter on side A and a selection of the tunes from the book on side B.

As an active song club organizer for many years before moving to Devon in 1983, Mick Bramich's connections with traditional music go back to the heyday of its revival in the mid-sixties. He comes from the Birmingham area where he trained as a toolmaker and later as a teacher.

He is known as a singer and guitar player to many older hands on the folk club circuit but has been an enthusiast of the Anglo concertina since about 1979. His style of playing developed independently and it was by accident that he discovered he was playing in what is loosely termed the 'Irish' way. This tutor combines his teaching skills with an inherent love for the material being taught.


Index of tunes
Choosing the right instrument
Blank 30 button layouts
About the Anglo concertina
The key of G major
Some tips on air control
Another way of playing G major
The key of D major Scales
The key of A minor
The key of E minor
The key of D minor
The key of F major
The key of B minor
The key of A major
The key of G minor Decoration of melodic lines
The slow air
Conclusion and acknowledgments
Appendix one (a selection of tunes)
Appendix two (other tunings)
Appendix three (chord patterns)
Appendix four (rudiments of music)
Appendix five (dealers and suppliers)
Appendix six (bibliography).

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