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#1 Skipper


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Posted 20 October 2010 - 02:34 PM

I am a total beginner who has just purchased a Jack English concertina. After a few weeks of of practice I noticed that the placement of the thumb straps and finger rest on the instrument feel very awkward for my hand size. It seems to me that by moving the thumb straps and the finger rest to accomodate my hand size might improve matters. Has anyone had any experience with moving the straps and rest? Can this be done or is it totally taboo?

#2 Bob Lusk

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:30 PM

Do you feel it is because your hands are too big or too small? When I was 1st playing English - I'm not now - I felt the thumb strap was too tight - it felt claustrophonbic. I adapted in time.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:43 PM

Nothing is taboo but don't rush to change things. People learning to play the violin,
the piano and the guitar often find that these instruments feel physically awkward at
first but they don't rush to alter the design. If your concertina still feels
awkward after you have been learning to play it for two years, then think about making
alterations. Learning to play an instrument is a physically awkward process. It never
feels natural at first.

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