Concertina - Anglo Concertina

Concertina - Anglo Concertina

By Michael Eskin

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2009-12-23
  • Current Version: 3.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 32.52 MB
  • Developer: Michael Eskin
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings


Concertina is an easy to play, authentic sounding virtual Anglo Concertina in the most popular key of C/G and may be transposed +/- one octave in semitone increments. The instrument is bisonoric, meaning it plays a different note for each button depending on whether you are pushing or pulling on the bellows. A C/G instrument has one row of buttons where the push notes make a C chord and on the other row make a G chord. The pull notes provide the scale tones between the chord notes. The third row on the right side of the app is used for additional accidentals not found in the scales on the other two rows. The C/G tuning is the most commonly used when playing tunes with other instruments like fiddles, flutes, and whistles in their standard D tuning. To play, simply tip to the left for a bellows push note, or to the right for a bellows pull note, and press a button. The PUSH/PULL display shows which direction the bellows is moving. Touch the "?" icon to show the note names. You may reverse the bellows while pushing a button simply by tipping in the opposite direction. Touch the "i" icon to show the settings where you may adjust the transposition, tilt sensitivity, push/pull tilt direction, and right-side chromatic row configuration. You may transpose the pitch up or down up to one octave in semitone increments. Touch the number to the right of the transpose slider to reset the transpose to zero. For a Bb/F instrument, set the transpose to -2, for an A/E, set the transpose to -3. For a Bass Baritone instrument, one octave lower than a standard C/G instrument, set the transpose to -12. When transposed, the note labels do not change, just the pitch produced. Here's the best way to hold the iPhone for playing: Support the iPhone between the top of the palm on the left and the thumb and little finger on the right. This allows the fingers to reach all the buttons. The iPhone can face up or away from you. On the left hand,the closest buttons are played with your left index finger, the next farthest with your middle finger, the next farthest with your ring finger and the farthest with your little finger. On the right, the closest buttons are played with your right index finger, the next farthest with your middle finger, and the farthest with your ring finger. The button layout is based on a 17-key modified Jeffries style for playing traditional Irish dance tunes in the most common keys. Uses extremely high-quality audio samples recorded from a high-end Anglo concertina.



  • Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant

    By Pazziato
    I love this app - the sound is excellent, the action and responsiveness are great, and I literally can't get enough of it. So much fun. Thank you!
  • A lot of fun!

    By UilleannpiperSantaCruz
    I've never played concertina, but play Irish music. This is a standalone instrument and really easy to learn thanks to the option of having note names over the buttons. Great job on developing an amazing app!
  • always wanted to play concertina

    By appended
    here it is, the price is right, and the sound is great. visually very nice, and one of the best transitions from instrument to iphone i've tried. sure beats fiddle app! feels good in the hand, all i need is more practice!
  • Brilliant

    By mwreid
    Brilliant concept and fine execution. My third Anglo concertina ... but the only one I can stash in my pocket and play on the bus. I love it!