National Self Teacher

CONCERTINA INSTRUCTION BOOKS has collected several different vintage, self-teaching books that are great for helping beginners learn how to correctly play the chemnitzer concertina and novice musicians improve their playing skills. These instruction books have either an expired copyright or no valid copyright owner to be found, and are offered here under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Visitors are welcome to download a high-quality, portable document format (PDF) version of these instruction books. welcomes free-will donations in exchange for the downloaded files. Donations help offset costs to support this website, including publication of the free sheet music library. The instruction books are also offered to the concertina community at no cost in support of the USCA vision.


National Self TeacherThe National Self Teacher was published by the Chart Music Publishing House in 1919. The book consists of 18 pages of introduction to music, basic concertina instruction, musical scale exercises, and easy songs for beginners. Based on the age of this document, its instructions are limited to 76 and 102-key instruments. However, the book still provides a great primer to the chemnitzer concertina.

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