I use the lower row all the time, in every tune I play.
I too, so what?
And please tell me how it is a misuse if you use the bottom row to play more smoothly?
Because it wasn't designed for that.
You see, people are playing blues on a diatonic harmonica. Do you think Herr Richter had blues players in mind when he conceived his tone layout? You can play blues harmonica only by playing contrary to the intentions of the inventor. That's why I used the word "misuse". If that's not the perfectly correct choice of word, well, than you should restrict the use of this forum to english natives.
I don't want to be mean to you, but how long have you been playing and how accomplished are you that you are so free with bad advice?
I do believe that after five years of playing one should have a different concept than in the beginning. After five years of playing one should of course be able to consider the buttons as one keyboard. After five years of playing one should already have a stable repertoire and one shouldn't despair on the question how to connect a 'dot' to a specific button. After five years of playing one should have no problems in sight reading or to play in Bb major a tune notated in A major or to improvise a bridge in Ab minor. And after five years of playing you could maybe have forgotten the problems you had during the first five months of playing.
In the beginning, before you really got acquainted with your instrument, you see: "Oh, I've two possibilites to play that dot on the first line. Which one is the right? Oh, and for the next dot I have even three possibilities! Gosh, it's complicated, isn't it? Well, I think I'll switch to the piano."
I'm convinced that in this situation it is higly recommandable, leeds to a deeper understanding of the instrument and to much more rapid playing progress to know the concept of rows.
After some time, after having acquired a firm standing, you will of course explore the added possibilities, e. g. cross row playing etc. If you play in minor keys you will necessarily get more in touch with the accidental notes in the first row. When you start playing notated tunes, tunes notated in different key, you will of course need the accidentals. But all that is second to the first step, that is: getting a feeling of some confidence on the instrument.
The concept of rows follows the historic evolution of the instrument. It is the same for the whole group of free reed instruments: accordion, concertina, harmonica. First: one row. Than: second row, a fifth above. (Why a second row a fifth above instead of simply the missing accidentals? - Because of the modulation of normal continental folk tunes in the middle of the tune. That's what it is made for!) Last: The upper row, the accidentals and turned push-pull option for the fifth of the main row. That follows exactly the same line of evolution as the club accordion (even predated it). Even the turned G/A is due to the concept of rows.
The question was: How to connect a certain dot to a certain key?
I answered: In the beginning, use the buttons of the main row.
You said: That's bad advice.
Forgive me, but I didn't see your answer to the question.
Edited by Sebastian, 27 October 2008 - 10:15 AM.