Hohner C/C# Pokerwork Melodeon
This German built Hohner C/C# Pokerwork Melodeon is in first class order.
The instrument has been fully serviced and tuned.
The melodeon comes complete with a full one year warranty, a padded gig bag and a leather shoulder strap and Free U.K. mainland delivery.
This is a rare chance to get hold of a C/C# Pokerwork.
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The Melodeon is very easy to learn, and tends to suit people who play by ear, as it is difficult to read music on a push-pull instrument. The fingering is very similar to the harmonica and anglo concertina on the right hand – with a different note on the push & pull of the bellows. There are bass notes and chords on the left hand.
We would always recommend you to start on a two row, D/G for English, or B/C for Irish music.
Whatever the key, all 2 row diatonics have the same fingering, and you don’t need to re-learn anything to play on a melodeon in a different key.
D/G is the highest pitch of the diatonics, followed by C/F, A/D, and G/C, which is lowest.
Irish & Chromatic Style
Irish and Scottish musicians usually prefer the Chromatic system. On these instruments the rows are tuned only a semitone apart, so that all the sharps and flats are available. The treble keyboard can play in any key, but you will be limited by what the bass can provide in the way of chords. 12 bass models give more scope, but many traditional players don’t use the basses at all. Models with 23 treble notes give nearly a 3 octave range in this tuning.
The most popular tuning is B/C, and it is quite simple to play in D or G on this by playing across the rows. Using the same fingering you can get the keys of E and A out of a C#/D box, or just play it in D. C/C# is also very popular. A three row in B/C/C# gives you more options, and more bass notes. John Kirkpatrick uses a three row chromatic, and the B/C is standard in Irish ceilidh bands.