Stephanelli 2 Row Melodeon in D/G-The Stephanelli 2 Row Melodeon in D/G has been developed by Steve Clinkscale in Scotland to produce a high quality melodeon at a great price.These melodeons have great compression on the bellows which gives them a clear and rich sound unlike many cheaper models.The melodeon comes complete with a hard case and Leather Straps. Free Delivery UK Mainland.
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.
Paul Young is a great Melodeon and Concertina teacher and player. Contact him at https://www.paulyoungfolk.co.uk/