The concertina is directly related to the symphonium. Wheatstone suggested that the bellows could be used to supply air to the reeds. He soon put his ideas into practice. The instrument that is bellows-driven could be bigger, as the reeds would not have to be placed so close to the mouthpiece. You can add more notes to a concertina, which has 48 keys as opposed to the 16 on a symphonium. There is also more space for fingers to move on larger keyboards.
Wheatstone maintained the alternating-note arrangement. Wheatstone’s concertina has a different arrangement to the accordion or piano. A melody requires that each hand plays some notes. It is difficult to play both a melody or accompaniment at once, but it is possible with skilled players. If I were a skilled player, this is where I would include a link to my playing. I don’t.
Wheatstone and other manufacturers also made concertinas, which combined Wheatstone’s basic instrument design along with key arrangements that were different from the original English alternating-note system. The most popular of these modifications, which most importantly restored the intuitive order in which high and low notes are placed on the right and left respectively, was the one that borrowed the keyboard layout from a German instrument, which is also the basis of the modern button accordion. The resulting “Anglo-German” concertina–confusingly abbreviated after World War I to just “Anglo”–is the kind Jonsi is pretending to play in Game of Thrones. Even more confusingly, Anglo concertinas are very popular among traditional Irish musicians today.
Although accordion manufacturing was easily adapted to mass production in order to meet the growing demand, concertina production was never truly automated. This has led to acoustic variations between the instruments. For example, accordion reeds are mounted in rectangular blocks and attached to the soundboard with wax. Concertina reeds can be fitted manually in individual reed chambers that are held in place by friction.
Despite being run by Wheatstone, C Wheatstone & Co., Concertina Makers still exists. However, the instrument is very expensive and production numbers are low. A concertina that sells for less than a few thousand dollars will almost always be made from parts borrowed from accordions or, worse, harmonicas.
Hundreds of thousands of concertinas have been made in the 20th and 21st centuries. Many of these instruments are still in use and can be restored to their original condition for a fraction of the cost of new instruments. A surprising number of concertinas used today, including my own two, are antiques. They were built to Wheatstone’s pre-industrial design at least 100 years ago. This design uses materials that are rare to find: keys made from bone, reed chambers sealed with chamois and rubber. It is possible that the concertina technology has been influenced by the age of individual instruments and the components.
However, real medieval artisans would not have been able to build concertinas even if they had the idea. Although screw fasteners were well-known in Europe at the end of the Middle Ages, they were very expensive to make. All threads had to be filed manually. A concertina has more than 200.
The Nato wood resonanceator is similar to a lower-quality mahogany model, but it’s lighter and absorbs more sound.
The banjo’s projection is not as good as a mahogany model, but the overall tone it produces remains decent and warm. You can also get a Remo head made of plastic coated which gives your tone a little more depth.
If you are just beginning to learn the banjo or have a limited budget, this is a great choice. Although the tone isn’t as good as the more expensive products, it’s still a decent value for money.
Remo head – This adds a bit more meat and depth to the instrument’s tone.
Gigbag – For the price, it’s a generous deal to get a case as well.
This is the first question every beginner asks when learning the Irish flute. Is it possible to play just a few tunes at your home without becoming dizzy? Or participate in a session. Or perform my first concert.
As you might have guessed, the answer isn’t always as simple as a yes/no. It depends on many factors, just like any other decision. Here are some tips to help you decide if Irish Flute is right for you.
Let’s start by clearing the air. The term “Irish flute” can sometimes refer to different instruments. This article is about the Irish wooden flute (or transverse flue), and not the Irish penny whistle, which most people call an “irish pipe”.
When you first pick up the Irish Flute, the ergonomics (or un-ergonomics) will be what you notice. What makes you feel comfortable with this strange instrument? How do I hold it?
You will soon be able to recognize the right position after some trial and error and some reading on this blog.
You’ll also notice the spacing between your fingers, which may feel like a stretch. This is just the beginning. Once you explore other keys, you will meet other beasts (enter Bb flutes realm).
The spacing of your fingers on the Irish flute is dependent on how your hands are positioned, but you can still stretch your muscles. You won’t see results in as little as a few days, just like with any exercise. Take your time. You may have some difficulties at first but you will soon see the rewards. Once you reach that point, it’s permanent.
Is it difficult to learn the Irish flute? It takes some time, but it is possible.
Are you dizzy while playing? Are you out of breath? Are you finding it difficult to complete the sentences? It’s okay, we’ve all been there. There’s nothing to be worried about.
Although breathing plays an important part in Irish flute, it doesn’t require a marathon gold medal to play a tune. It’s all about adapting your style to suit your abilities.
You’ll notice that older flute players tend to play shorter lines in order to catch their breath more often. This gives them a distinct rhythmic style. Your rhythm can be broken or made.
The point is that you will stop feeling dizzy as you become more experienced. It will usually disappear after a few months. A more focused embouchure will help you be more efficient and produce more notes. You will also learn how to breathe correctly to fit the rhythm. Although it will take some time to learn how to breathe, it is not difficult. Keep going!