Resting your concertina while playing? Where and why? in General Concertina Discussion Posted September 1, 2019 16 hours ago, LateToTheGame said: I am not sure I could play without my air release button. In fact, I know I can't. There might be something going on with your hand and wrist placement or there may be something wrong with the design of your concertina. I have never played a concertina where I couldn't reach that button. Depending solely on bellows direction for air control may limit speed or emphasis as you advance. And I have seldom seen a concertina player playing standing up for any length of time. So I wouldn't worry about that too much. (Though I know of Morris players and parade bands that march or stand, and we can't forget those old Salvation Army bands back in the day,) Most of us likely play sitting down most of the time. You’re right. I was temporarily using foam pads to help form a good hand position (curved, not flat). Now I don’t need the foam, so I can use the air button and reach all the rows. I saw a fantastic video on youTube of a guitar, bandoneon, and orchestra. The bandoneon player used a concert piano stool as a footstool to play standing up, with his left knee raised way up.