Hohner Pokerwork D/G Melodeon-Used.
A delightful Hohner Pokerwork D/G Melodeon-Used . Fully serviced in my own workshop this instrument comes with a full one year warranty and leather strap.
There is very little wear on this melodeon. The thumb strap is quite worn but other than that the melodeon plays well. Often known as the workhorse of English Morris this example is ready to played in the summer months and beyond.
These melodeons are getting harder to find each year , so take this chance to buy now.
The Hohner Pokerwork D/G Melodeon is the workhorse instrument of English Morris, and is a classic not to be missed.
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Button keyed diatonic Accordion, In England this term includes all button keyed diatonic accordions, in Ireland and Scotland it is more specific to the one row 10 keyed variety.
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.
What tuning should I get?
Firstly you need to know what style of music you will mainly want to play, the most popular styles are given below, and each calls for a different tuning. Apart from the style you prefer, you should consider what key your friends use, so you can join in and learn from them, and the pitch of your voice. We would always recommend you to start on a two row.
D/G is suited to English folk Music.
B/C is the usual choice for Irish music (players use both rows in order to play mainly in D or G, but the instrument is almost chromatic). B/C and C/C# are also used in Scotland. C/C# is less popular now and C#/D also exists.
In France, and most parts of North and South America G/C is preferred
In Germany C/F is the standard and the Club Model is a popular variant with two and a half rows.
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.
How Many Rows?
The basic melodeon has one row of 10 treble keys, and 4 bass keys. This type provides a cheap (but limited) way to begin the melodeon. Some people find a one row in G useful, because it plays an octave below the G row of a D/G. An instrument in D is highest in pitch followed by C, A, and G, which is the lowest.
More useful is the two row, which is the most popular and useful option. The outer row is tuned either a 4th (diatonic system) or a semitone (chromatic system) below the inside row. A two row will usually have eight basses. Sometimes an extra half row is added on diatonics to give a wider range of notes.
A three row, gives a third available key in diatonics, or alternative fingerings in chromatics, but many players find three rows a bit bulky.
What does tremolo mean?
On a box which has more than one set of reeds it is possible to tune one reed slightly sharper than the other, so that a beat or tremolo effect occurs, this can give the sound an extra sharpness and clarity, as in the Hohner pokerwork.