" I simply don't find the sound of a single concertina reed very exciting, compared with that of an instrument played chordally.
I hear what you are saying. The English style of playing and Jodys chordal style certainly have flair and a good phat (as my students would say) sound to it.
On EC I play chords and spend as much time hangin' with the backers as I do playing with the melody instruments. The EC not being a traditionally excepted ITM instrument gives me the freedom to act like other instruments (at least in my head). I've employed chords or fifths and drones. Not needing to change bellows direction for notes makes it very easy to provide seamless sound or punch it up with the "Lads" as an off beat to their strong beat chords. My goal is to serve not overwhelm the melody which requires an easy hand. I was complemented one evening by our most traditional fiddler at session that my combination of drones and rythmic chords had really inspired her to accent different notes on the Gravel Walks and actually gave her goose bumps. Made me feel good.
All that being said, my personal favorite is a concertina playing melody with another solo instrument or perhaps a trio. It is all very exposed and transparent. Time stops for me when I hear it or play it. A great deal of listening and responding all within that context of a single melody is for me entrancing. Certainly of all the music I dabble in, ITM is the most inspiring and comtempletive and the reason I took the instrument seriously. Go figure....
Edited by Mark Evans, 28 April 2008 - 08:56 AM.