I couldn't play my concertina back then -- had only had it a short while. But, I knew that I didn't want to use a neck strap.
I was escaping from my accordion by getting a concertina (but, sorry, Helen...and I DO still love my accordions and I've played them lately!!!). The prospect of having no straps was just too inviting.
But, that's got a bit to do with the fact that I get headaches/backaches, especially if I feel like there's something strapped around my neck or shoulders.
I haven't been able to keep up with my former commitment to yoga classes (and I'll never stand on my head, and don't care to...) but I did learn, in my time spent at them, that you can train/re-train your body to balance or hold things in new or various ways. It's amazing. For instance, there could be a case where a particular posture is done, then when a particular toe-flex or whatever is added, something somewhere else in the body corrects itself somehow. What I'm getting at, is -- YOU CAN DO IT!!! If you want to. If you want to play without using a strap, it can be done!
Hmm. Okay. Well, web-searching leads me tothis pic,
where Roy Clinging is NOT using a neck strap, it appears. So...now I question my memory. But, there were certainly players at the workshop I attended who did use straps, and I think that Roy did, too.
Edited by bellowbelle, 12 May 2005 - 06:03 PM.