The title translates to: ‘grandmother’s music box’, so you might want to play it a little slower than I had my computer record it…
To increase the number of scales available to the player – the “Three Blind Mice” exercise was evolved to challenge and extend the player – and to encourage the use of ALL the buttons on the instruments.
Three Blind Mice is an interesting tune – it covers the complete scale and covers most of the simple note values. The exercise was devised to be circular – play through the “sharp” keys and then through the “flat” keys – if still sane – keep going until the mind rebels!
The things we discovered with this exercise – how easy the key of E is to play in – and how difficult it is not to play F# in the “flat” keys.
One of the many privileges of being the ICA Librarian is to distribute and discuss music with members from across the world. In recent weeks I have been corresponding with concertina players in the USA, Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, France, Italy and the UK. Continue reading