5. Tutors and Other Books

Here is a list of tutors and other books that have been published for the concertina. It is not exhaustive and I would welcome further information for this list. The number of available tutors for the concertina has been increasing by leaps and bounds recently, however some of the older books may now be out of print.

ENGLISH CONCERTINA

Concertina Workshop                         Now out of print but
Tutor for the English Concertina            excellent if you can
by Alistair Anderson                        get it. Folk oriented.
Topic Records Ltd                           Accompanying record
27 Nassington Road                          used to be available, but
London NW3 2TX                              not necessary.(Authorised)
England                                     photocopies available from                                  
                                            Andy's Front Hall,
                                            Voorheesville, NY

The Concertina: A handbook and              I do not have an address,
tutor for beginners on the                  but it should be obtainable
English concertina                          from Hobgoblin. Classically
by Frank Butler                             oriented. Recommended
Oak Publications                            by those who've seen it.
    
The Concise English Concertina              A tutor with a folk emphasis (
by Dick Miles                               and some amazing photographs) 
Cooragurteen                                by a man with a long 
Ballydehob                                  history as a performer. Well
Co. Cork                                    produced and very clear.
Eire                                        (See below for Song Accomp-
                                            animent for English Concertina).
                www.dickmiles.com/mybooks.htm

Conquering the Concertina                   Another new tutor, this time 
by Les Branchett                            with a much more mainstream
Sherborne House Publications                approach to music. Also well
25 Spa Road                                 produced and clear, would 
Gloucester GL1 1UY                          suit people with wide musical
England                                     horizons.

English Concertina Course                   From almost no tutors to 
by Pauline de Snoo                          several very good ones, the
Goudenregenstraat 5                         tutor scene for the English
5482 CW  Schijndel                          concertina has improved out
Netherlands                                 of all recognition. This one
Pauline de Snoo                             is by a fine Dutch player and
                                            includes a CD for £15, $25 or
                                            €25. 

Handbook for English Concertina             Specifically aimed at
by Roger Watson                             the Hohner concertina,
Wise Publications                           but applicable to other
Distrib. by Music Sales Ltd                 makes. Rather perfunctory
8/9 Frith Street                            but covers the essentials.
London W1V 5TZ
England

Song Accompaniment for English Concertina   I have not seen this yet, but  
by Dick Miles                               it is a follow up to his good
Cooragurteen                                Concise English Concertina so
Ballydehob                                  the signs are promising. The 
Co. Cork                                    web site gives more information:-
Eire            www.dickmiles.com/mybooks.htm

ANGLO CONCERTINA

The Anglo Concertina Demystified            This is still in print,
by Bertram Levy                             and is excellent. Comes
Front Hall Enterprises, Inc                 with two cassettes.
Voorheesville, New York
Distributed in UK by
C & R Dipper
West End House
High Street
Heytesbury
Warminster BA12 0EA
England

The Anglo Concertina                        Subtitled A Handbook of 
by Frank Edgley                             Tunes and Methods for Irish
2346 Meldrum                                Traditional Music, this 
Windsor                                     tutor is accompanied by a CD
Ontario N8W 4E4                             of the tunes, and is written
Canada                                      by a man who can both play
Phone (519) 948-9149                        and build anglos very well.

Anglo Concertina Tutorial                   Contact Alan direct for
by Alan Day                                 details of how to obtain his
                                            well regarded (and free!)
                                            tutorial. It is also online 
                                            here (go to the bottom 
                                            of the directory listing).

The Irish Concertina                        Published this year (1996),
by Mick Bramich                             an excellent tutor for the
ISBN 1 899512 25 X                          C/G Anglo in the Irish
Dave Mallinson Publication                  style. Optional cassette
3 East View                                 of tunes.
Moorside      
Cleckheaton
West Yorkshire BD19 6LD
England
Phone 01274 876388 

Handbook for Anglo-Chromatic Concertina     Specifically aimed at
by Roger Watson                             the Hohner concertina,
Wise Publications                           but applicable to other
Distrib. by Music Sales Ltd                 makes. A bit perfunctory
8/9 Frith Street                            but covers the essentials.
London W1V 5TZ                              Good chord list.
England

First Steps Concertina Anglo-Chromatic      Still in print, but in
International Music Publications            attitude seems from an
Southend Road                               earlier age. Classically
Woodford Green                              oriented.
Essex IG8 8HN
England

DUET CONCERTINA

Salvation Army Tutor for                    This is no longer avail-
    Triumph (Crane) Duet Concertina         able in print anywhere,
                                            but Michael Leitch-Devlin
                                            has turned it into a PDF and
                                            I have made it available here.
                                            It's a 12Mb file, though!

OTHER BOOKS

Concertina Maintenance Manual               Massively useful repair manual,
by David Elliott especially for concertinas
ISBN 1 899512 67 5 of "English" construction.
Dave Mallinson Publication
3 East View
Moorside
Cleckheaton
West Yorkshire BD19 6LD
England
Phone 01274 876388 Marches 4 Concertinas 20 marches arranged in four arr. Clifford Bevan parts for concertina group Piccolo Press The tunes range from easy E-mail to intermediate in standard. It is based on Cliff Bevan's well-known Marches 4 Brass.
The following books are available from House of Musical Traditions (see section 9) and are almost certainly available elsewhere. I have not seen them myself and would be grateful for feedback on them. I quote from HMT:
    Best Concertina Method Yet - Bob Kal, for 20 button Anglo $8.95
    Concertina & How to Play It - Paul DeVille, 79 pp, 264 tunes for
        20 button Anglo $6.95
    Concertina Book - Frank Converse, 52 pp, 49 tunes
    English Concertina & an Introduction to Music - Oliver Heatwole,
        63 pp, includes useful fingering charts and reed diagrams for
        48 key Italian made instruments in treble, tenor, and baritone
        ranges $4.00
    Handbook of the Concertina - Fred Quann, 75 pp, repair book for all
        concertinas $13.95
In parentheses, if you are in Holland and play the English concertina, you might like to know that the instrument is taught in three music schools. FFI contact Wim Wakker of The Concertina Connection.

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