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Concertina - Niall Vallely

Niall Vallely, this tutorial caters for all levels from the absolute beginner to very advanced players and also includes a performance piece and interview with the tutor.

In the beginners' section the Anglo-concertina keyboard is simplified by initially dividing it into sections, and Niall demonstrates the basic skills of playing the instrument using easy, slow-paced tunes. Jigs and Reels are then introduced and ornaments are added gradually. The individual parts of these tunes are demonstrated on video at a slow pace and the full tune is subsequently demonstrated at a medium pace so that you can play along.

Topics Covered:
- 14 Tunes
- Pop-up Videos
- Reading Music
- Precise Musical Notation
- Notes and Scales on the Anglo-concertina
- Easy Airs
- Beginners' Jigs and Reels
- Three-Note Triplets, Cuts and Grace Notes
- Triplets
- Jigs and Reels with Ornamentation

"...bravo, good selection of material, lots on cuts, crans, and other ornamentations. I really like his 'no home row' approach. He gets the student using the full capacity of the instrument very quickly..." - Randall Merris

The advanced section features jigs and reels that are more highly ornamented. The scope of the tunes is broadened and the extensive keyboard is fully explored. Niall also introduces ornamental techniques unique to his style.

Topics Covered:
- 18 Tunes
- Double Cuts
- Crans
- Staccato Triplets
- Niall's "concertina roll"
- Utilizing alternative keys
- Barn Dance
- Slide
- Hornpipes
- Slip Jigs

MadForTrad & TIM
These tutorials are brought to you by Trad Irish Music in cooperation with Mad For Trad.


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