If you want a book or dvd to help you get started, a good place to look is The Button Box. Because they deal solely in concertinas and accordions, you don’t have to wade through a lot of guitar books to get to something helpful, and they cheerfully ship all over the world. [Full disclosure: The Button Box is responsible for this site. But it truly is a good place to shop for concertinas, accordions, and related items.]
If you go to the Northeast Squeeze-In, you are guaranteed to find players at many levels who will welcome you with warmth and share playing tips with generosity.
If you’re interested in a particular genre of music, you can try to find sessions in your area, but beware of uptempo sessions if you’re a beginner. Slower-paced jams might be harder to find, as they’re more likely to be at someone’s house or a room at a community center than at the local pub, but unearthing one that’s a good fit will be worth the effort. Social music can be a rewarding way to learn, plus it provides an incentive to practice, should you need one.
If you can’t find a session but you know other people who like the same kind of music and play an instrument–or wish they did–consider starting your own group. Really, all you need is a room, a few chairs, and a free evening.
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