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Welcome to my website and thanks for looking.  It is a constantly evolving site so please do come back from time to time to see what is new. My YouTube Channel is available via the link below and if you would like any help or advice, please feel free to contact me via the link at the foot of this page.

Les Titford

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Discounted Melodeon Packages

Beginners' Packages:

If you are new to the melodeon and not sure where to start, I have put together some simple tunes and lessons to get you up and running.

You can have 1 pack of 6 tunes and lessons (choice of 2 different packs) for £29.95 saving 17% (normal price £35.94)

or both packs (12 tunes and lessons for just £48 a massive saving

of 33% (normal price £71.88)

Please note, if you have already purchased any of the tunes in the packs, I can simply substitute them with another tune of your choice or I will choose one for you. 

Discounted Packages (You choose the tunes!):

Alternatively, you choose the 6 or 12 tunes that you want to learn!

Please pick Pack 3 (for 6 tunes) or Pack 4 (for 12 tunes) in the shop

and don't forget to let me know your choices.

Already bought one pack and want to get the other one? - just pay the difference of £18.05. Contact me and I will send you a PayPal invoice for this amount.

Click on the title to hear the tune 

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NEW ANGLO CONCERTINA TABLATURE METHOD - Danny Boy

I  have developed a brand new tablature for the anglo concertina which I can use to teach tunes on this instrument in any key!

Not only that but I will only have to record one video per tune as I am using pitch correction software to transpose the musical content of the video without altering my spoken instructions or the timing of my playing.  So, no matter whether you have a CG or GD anglo concertina (or any other tuning!!), I can now provide all the resources you need.

To launch this exciting new idea I have recorded a free tutorial for the lovely old tune Danny Boy. This will give you a really good insight into my new method.  More tutorials using this tab method with a detailed instruction sheet coming soon.

Here are the links to the resources:-

CG Anglo Concertina Video Tutorial

CG Anglo Concertina Performance Video

GD Anglo Concertina Video Tutorial

GD Anglo Concertina Performance Video

 

Tablature for Danny Boy and What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor (which work for all keys!) - just click the PDF images below

Latest Tutorials - 27th July

 

Gospel Plow

5-string banjo tutorial using tablature.

This is a FREE tutorial that I have recorded today

on my  5-string banjo.  The style of banjo that I play is called clawhammer or frailing.  It's an authentic old-time style used by musicians in the Appalachian mountains of America. Go to my Banjo page to download the tabs.

 

Jimmy Allen

DG Melodeon tutorial

Great little morris tune from the north of England. Slightly harder than it looks but lovely to play. Very satisfying!

Wellerman With Chords

CG Anglo Concertina tutorial using musical notation

Due to popular demand this is the same tutorial I did last month but this time I'm using musical notation, not tablature.I show you this on two concertinas - one with the Wheatstone layout and one with the Jeffries. 

 

How To Use The Air Button On An Anglo Concertina

This free tutorial on the CG instrument will help you understand what to do with this button on the anglo by means of the tune Frère Jacques both in a major and minor key.

Here are the music sheets:-

 

How Do You Know If You Have A Jeffries Or Wheatstone Layout On Your Anglo Concertina?

In this free tutorial on the CG instrument I show you ways of checking to see which layout you have and also whether you have a CG or a GD anglo concertina. Here is the chart which shows both layouts:-

 

The Cuckoo's Nest (Ilmington)

DG Melodeon tutorial

This is the second tune that I've taught with this title.  This one is from the village of Illmington.  I show you how to play it straight and with a swing.  It's not too hard and very satisfying to play!

The Sportsman's Hornpipe

DG Melodeon tutorial

Brilliant tune with a unique feel.  Watch the video and you'll see what I mean.  Great fun to play!

Wellerman WITH CHORDS!!!

CG/GD Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature.

This is an advanced version of this wonderful sea shanty. I have completely re-worked this lesson - moving the tune up an octave and over to the right hand side to make room for the chords on the left. This tutorial comes with large-print tablature plus bar-by-bar detailed instructional notes. I have annotated the video, where appropriate, where there are differences re Jeffries versus Wheatstone layouts.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TUTORIAL REQUIRES A 30 BUTTON INSTRUMENT (Jeffries or Wheatstone Layout).

CG and GD tutorials now available for this tune.

PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS TUTORIAL UNLESS YOU ARE HAPPY TO USE MY TABLATURE 

Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be?

FREE DG Melodeon tutorial

It's exactly ten years since I started to play the melodeon.  This was the first tune I learnt.  This version is much upgraded from the original.  Fun to play with lots of useful technique for beginners and intermediate players

Here's the music sheet:-

Travellers' Joy

DG Melodeon tutorial

Great morris tune from Shropshire, UK.

Lots of harmonies in the right hand -  a very interesting piece to play

Sailor's Hornpipe

CG Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature.

I have also now produced sheet music for this piece but remember that the video tutorial uses tablature.

Famous old nautical  tune played and taught at a slow speed for easy learning.

CG and GD video tutorials now available for this tune.

 

The Keeper Of The Eddystone Lighthouse

English Concertina tutorial using tablature.

Very famous sea shanty - straightforward single-note melody

The Mermaid

English Concertina tutorial using tablature.

Very famous sea shanty - straightforward single-note melody

 

Winster Gallop

CG Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature.

Fine old morris tune played at a slow speed for easy learning.

CG and GD tutorials now available for this tune.

 

Cluck Old Hen

5-string banjo tutorial using tablature.

This is another FREE tutorial that I have recorded today

on my little C-scale 5-string banjo.  The style of banjo that I play is called clawhammer or frailing.  It's an authentic old-time style used by musicians in the Appalachian mountains of America. Go to my Banjo page to download the tabs.

 

Shady Grove

5-string banjo tutorial using tablature.

This is a FREE tutorial that I have recorded today

on my little C-scale 5-string banjo.  The style of banjo that I play is called clawhammer or frailing.  It's an authentic old-time style used by musicians in the Appalachian mountains of America. Go to my Banjo page to download the tabs.

 

Skye Boat Song

CG Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature.

A real favourite of mine and also the theme from the TV show "Outlander".  This really falls to the fingers and is a joy to play.

CG and GD tutorials now available for this tune.

 

Norwegian Wood

Ever wondered how to play this properly on the acoustic guitar?

In this 53 minute lesson I show you how using extensive tablature for the main acoustic guitar part as played by John Lennon plus all the lead guitar parts which were originally played on a mixture of the sitar and guitar. If you find this too hard I also show you an easy strumming version. In addition, you will receive two sheets of chord photographs to help you on your way.  All for just £5.99!!

 

Gilligan's Island

Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature.

This is a great little sea shanty which was the theme tune for the US TV show from the sixties.  Fun to play!

CG and GD tutorials now available for this tune.

Oo De Lally

(from the Walt Disney cartoon film Robin Hood)

Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature.

This was written and sung by Roger Miller in the film.  Originally performed on a guitar but has transferred wonderfully well to the anglo concertina.  This, like Gilligan's Island, features all my new tablature features like lyrics and chord symbols.  I really enjoy playing this one!

CG and GD tutorials now available for this tune.

Home On The Range

Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature

Great old American cowboy song with words

and chords (new feature!)

CG and GD tutorials instantly available 

 

The Roast Beef Of Old England

DG Melodeon tutorial

Wonderful old English tune - lots of row crossing and extremely enjoyable to play.

 

A Whale Of A Tale (Sea Shanty)

Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature

This is from the film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

guarantee you'll love this - it sounds great and it's brilliant fun to play.  This is a full tune with accompaniment.

Click here for CG version

GD version also instantly available!

Summertime

Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature

The famous tune from Porgy and Bess.

CG version available now

GD version is also available now!!

Vasen

DG Melodeon tutorial

Fascinating tune from the Swedish band Hoven Droven.

Lots of good bits!!!

Wellerman Sea Shanty

Anglo Concertina tutorial using tablature

Very trendy at the moment!!

Single note tune - very easy!

Click here for CG version

Click here for GD version

If you find this site useful and like any of the free resources I have provided, please consider making a donation to enable me to carry on creating content for everyone. Thank you.