Anglo Concertinas

Anglo Concertinas – Red Cow Music specialise in providing great concertinas such as the Anglo concertina. If you require any advice in selecting from our Anglo Concertinas range please do get in touch.

Anglo Concertinas

It could not be easier to buy a concertina than here at Red Cow.We have years of knowledge to guide you through your purchase as well as a great back up team if in the unusual event things,well do not go to plan,and sometimes it happens ,we are human too ! If you need advice on starting out on the concertina please call us or send us an email and we will get straight back to you.
Charles Wheatstone invented Concertinas in the early 19th century. There are three types of fingering systems in common use: Anglo, English and Duet Hayden. The Anglo concertina is commonly used for dance music due to its rhythmic playing style, each button gives two notes, one on the draw and one on the pull. It has treble notes on the right side and bass on the left. This system gives a much punchier, dance-type sound.

C/G is the standard tuning found in all the books and is popular in Ireland where the key of D is played across the rows. Listen to Noel Hill who plays this style. Bb/F is common in older instruments and is good for brass band work. G/D is rare in old instruments but very popular nowadays especially with Morris musicians for its useful keys and because of the deeper tone. Well known Anglo players include William Kimber, Scan Tester and John Kirkpatrick.

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