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  1. Update: I was able to find some 1/2” soft foam pipe insulation and attached it using scrapbooking tape (archival!). I had to trim quite a bit off to form it around the wrist rest so it doesn’t cover the openings on the endplate. Hopefully this is removeable if I decide to upgrade the instrument in future. Now I can slide my knuckles well forward of the strap with a nicely rounded hand, and can reach the inner/outer rows comfortably. I expect the foam will break down eventually, but for approx CAD $6, I have extra left over for replacements. This is certainly an interesting thread on how others handle this issue!
  2. Thanks to all for the responses! It never occurred to me that I could augment the hand/wrist rest. I have two of your books on order, Gary. Coming to the instrument from years as a classically-trained violinist, your notation system seems more natural to me. Last evening, I loosened my strap off two holes, and had a lot of fun discovering new riffs using all three rows. Today I’ll be off to the hardware/plumbing store to look for suitable mods. Cheers!
  3. Trust the journey. Well put, thank you, Daniel!
  4. I should mention that I am doing self-study (no teacher, just books).
  5. I'm new to the concertina as of this past year, and wanted to ask about "getting a grip" (optimal hand position). I am playing a Wren 2, and have adjusted the leather strap fairly tightly to feel secure. This results in a flat-knuckled hand position (the strap is just covering or behind my knuckles). The wooden hand supports seem fairly close to the G row of buttons and those buttons are the ones I'm struggling with, more than seems normal for a beginner. From watching a few youTube videos, it looks as though I should have a more rounded hand position, playing on my fingertips rather than the flat fleshy part of the finger pads. At present, once I try to introduce the G row (more than one note), I have to slide my hand(s) backwards in order to reach the buttons comfortably, and this flat-knuckled approach seems quite awkward. Playing this G row, eventually the instrument feels like it is sliding away from me (I do rest it on my left knee). It's definitely not comfortable going from one row to the other and back, even at my slow student speed. I feel trapped under the leather strap on the G row. If I loosen off the leather strap, I don't feel I have a good grip on the instrument. If I slide my thumbs further forward with the present strap position, I feel quite secure and have a more rounded hand position but can't manage the G row at all. Has anyone got any suggestions or links to help me find the optimal grip (hand position) based on the instrument I have now? Thanks.
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