Now available on the Google Play Store for Android
If you are looking for an Anglo Concertina, please check out Concertina, currently available on the iTunes App Store.
Interested in Uilleann pipes, but play the English Concertina?
Please check out Uillitina, now available on the iTunes App Store.
Englitina is a very high quality, easy-to-play Treble/Baritone English Concertina for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The button layout exactly matches the center portion of a standard Wheatstone treble Engish Concertina layout, providing all chromatic notes in the two octave range between D4 and C#6.
To play, simply press the buttons.
You may choose between a treble and baritone (one octave lower) pitched instrument.
The buttons on the left side of the dividing line are on the left side of a real instrument, buttons on the right side of the dividing line are on the right side of a real instrument.
Multiple buttons (up to 5) may be pressed at the same time to play chords.
Note guide (touch the '?' icon) shows the note names for each button.
Uses extremely high-quality audio samples recorded from a high-end concertina.
My good friend and expert English Concertina player John O'Hara demonstrates "Englitina"
For this demo, I loaned John an iPhone with the app for the weekend.
Button layout compared to a real English Concertina
Englitina Main screen showing division line between left and right hands
Multiple buttons (up to 5) may be pressed at the same time for chords
Note guide (touch the '?' icon) shows the note names for each button
Settings Page (touch the 'i' icon)
includes the background skin select, range selector, and volume control
How to play "The Kesh Jig"
Portable speaker setup using Velcro to attach the iPhone/iPod Touch
"As someone who used to play English concertina, I can testify that this is a fun app. It was easy to play tunes on it. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand how that system works and try it out before investing a lot of money."
"I've played English Concertina for many years. I downloaded this today and playing tunes on it right away. It's an excellent simulation. If you've thought about taking up English concertina, this app will give you a good idea of how it works for a tiny fraction of the usual cost. If you already play one, get this app so you can practice at odd moments, in privace (over headphones) if you wish."
Q: I'm not hearing any sounds on my iPhone! Help!
A: Make sure your ringer switch isn't in the "mute" position.
Q: Are the fingerings the same as a real English Concertina?
A: Yes! The button layout exactly matches the center portion of a standard Wheatstone treble Engish Concertina layout, providing all chromatic notes in the two octave range between D4 and C#6.
Q: How should I hold the iPhone/iPod Touch and what fingers do I use to play?
A: Hold the device horizontally, grip each end with your thumb and little finger. The buttons are played primarily with the index and middle fingers.
Scales alternate between the left and right sides of the instrument.
Q: Where can I learn more about how to play the instrument?
A: Please visit the following sites for more information and online learning materials:
Q: Now that I've learned the fingerings for some tunes on the iPhone/iPod Touch app, I'd like to buy a real concertina. Who do you recommend?
A: The Button Box carries a wide range of new and vintage instruments.
I am very interested in any suggestions for features or improvements to the apps for future updates, please drop me an email anytime with your ideas!
Thank you to the beta testers, Randall Cayford and David Boveri, and to everyone on the Concertina.net message boards who encouraged me to develop an English Concertina app after I initially released the Anglo version.
For more information, please contact Michael Eskin or visit the Tradlessons.com website: