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Thread #108326   Message #2253534
Posted By: Howard Jones
04-Feb-08 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: concertinas in folk music
Subject: RE: concertinas in folk music
Breathing in time with the bellows is something many novice anglo players find hard to avoid, but with practice it should be possible to break the habit. Singing along with the concertina would probably help with this.

A good rule with any instrument when it comes to accompanying songs is to keep the accompaniment simple enough so that you can devote most of your attention to the song. If you find you're having to focus on playing the instrument you won't be able to put the song over properly.

I'm an anglo player, but I was first inspired to take up the concertina by listening to the late Tony Rose accompanying himself on English. I've heard all three systems used very effectively for song accompaniment.