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 is 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