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On the C-row press the middle button with your third finger on your left hand, now press the bellows and that will be your C note. Change the direction of the bellows and you will have your D note. To continue press the next button with your first finger and move the bellows in both directions alternately, then on your right hand, keep pressing the bellows and the first button. Last, press the bellows and that will be your C scale. Practice the push and pull play while ascending and descending the scale. Do this same exercise on the G-row to play the G scale


It’s uncommon but if you happen to have a concertina with more than five buttons on each row on both sides, you will need to move down one button.

This is an advantage of Anglo concertina players to other squeezebox players as they have to play 8 digits for the melody.

English concertina players need to play 6 while piano accordion players needs to play 5 and melodeon needs only 4 to play.

This makes it possible to create a tablature to help players start.

The chart shown displays the notes on a 20 and 30 button concertinas.

Left-hand semicircles means press bellows while those with right hand semicircles are draw or pull bellows.

Most of the traditional songs are played on the notes in the unshaded part of the chart. Those marked with a dashed-line is seldom used