Englitina - English Concertina

Englitina - English Concertina


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Englitina is an easy to play, authentic-sounding virtual English Concertina.

Similar to an accordion, a concertina is a button-based reed based instrument with bellows. Because English Concertinas play the same note both on a push or a pull of the bellows, it is a very easy instrument to play on your device. Simply touch the buttons on the screen to play the notes.

Demo videos can be found by clicking on the "Visit Developer's
Website" link below.

Englitina's button layout and spacing matches the center portion of a standard Wheatstone Engish Concertina layout, providing all chromatic notes in the two octave range between D4 and C#6 (one octave lower when set to Baritone range).

To play, hold your device between your thumb and little fingers of both hands, exactly like a real English Concertina, and press the buttons with your index and middle fingers. Scale patterns alternate between the fingers of the right and left hands. Notes are higher in pitch as you move from the outside to the middle of the screen. Multiple buttons may be pressed at the same time to play chords.

Touch the "?" icon to show all the button notes.

Touch the 'i' icon to change the skin and range (treble or baritone).

The app uses extremely high-quality per-button audio samples recorded from my personal concertina collection. Graphics on "Classic" skin based on a 1924 Lachenal Edeophone 12-sided concertina.

The range of pitch is ideal for playing traditional Irish dance tunes, and the app should be easily playable by both real English Concertina and accordion players.

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Comments and ratings for Englitina - English Concertina
  • (64 stars)

    by Irvine McLevy on 21/11/2013

    Good app, but could be improved. On a large screen phone, the whole range could be accommodated at the correct scale. Secondly it would be great if you could rotate the keyboard 90 degrees as this would make it seem more like the hand/button relationship on the real instrument.

  • (64 stars)

    by Max Spicer on 17/11/2013

    Fun and surprisingly easy to play. It's no substitute for the real thing (especially as the range is limited) but is a great way of getting used to where the notes are on an English concertina. If only the 48 key version was available for Android tablets.

  • (64 stars)

    by Peter A Verity on 26/02/2013

    I have just downloaded this, with some uncertainty... BUT - it is very easy to use - and it sounds pretty good! Possible improvements? Well, I have a Galaxy Note, with a large (114 x 73mm) screen - this means that the buttons and layout are 50% bigger than the original. This makes starting easy, but limits range. I suggest - the app is "26 key" - on the Note it could be about 42 key at "or