English Concertina TAB
This page is designed to help anybody get started with the 'English' system concertina! (If one button on your concertina plays the same note when you both squeeze and pull the bellows, it is an 'English' system concertina.
If the same button plays different notes, then it is an 'Anglo' system concertina)


Notes for guidance:

I recently acquired an Engish Concertina, and am a complete beginner on this instrument! I found the tutor book I had some what lacking for my needs. Its TAB indicated L1 (for Left button row number 1), but not the actual button!


So I decided thet if I was to get to grips with playing my newly begotton box, I would need to adopt a more practical and logical approach! Hence this TAB.


The first major departure from any other TAB system, was to go vertical! This enabled me to place Left and Right fingering in 2 columns, so it is very easy to see where left and right notes are played.


The black horizontal lines divide the piece into bars, each bar is divided by orange lines into time intervals of one beat. So in the case of 'Winster Gallop' for example, which is in 4:4 time, each bar is divided into 4 (4 beats to the bar). I have then sub-divided each beat into two half beats, with the shorter  lines.


I obviously could not draw all 24 buttons on each side of the tab, so decided to mainly limit the diagrams to 8. To enable you to know which 8 buttons are represented in any one diagram, there is a reference button. In these scores it is G, 2nd up from bottom for the left, and F, 2 up from bottom on the right.

In the diagrams these ref. buttons are drawn with a thicker line and have 'G' and 'F' written in them.


The button to be played is infilled with red.


The button diagrams have been placed where the note is played. Where there are gaps, the last note is held to fill the time span of the gap.


Double dots at the start and finish of a bar indicate that the section between them is repeated. (Except any bars marked with a bridge numbered 1). When you repeat the piece, skip the 1st bridge, and play the 2nd bridge instead.


For Winster Gallop and Salmon Tails I did not put the repeat dots in. For these tunes it is usual to play the A part twice, followed by the B part twice. The A part is the first 32 bars (ie split the page vertically down the centre, and the A part is to the left and B part to the right.



You can listen to some of these tunes by opening the links to the mp3 recordings, in the Traditional and Contemporary Tunes Pages of this site


Good Luck!

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