[Apologies in advance if this seems like a thread hijack. I’m new to both C.net and the concertina, so I welcome any etiquette corrections if I should be posting this elsewhere]
My question is for the Duet players out there: Do any of you use any kind of tablature, or is this just an Anglo thing?
I’ve just started teaching myself Hayden DC (Elise) over the past month. While I’m not yet dealing with anything at all complicated, so far it seems like the simplest approach is to just use sheet music notation, with only the occasional fingering indication [using arabic numerals 1-4 — like piano sheet music, but 1= index finger, rather than thumb] when the “normal” Hayden fingering is unavailable.
For example, on the RH of a Hayden, when in the key of C, both D and G are played by finger 2 — so a leap from D to G (or back again) requires some kind of non-standard fingering. So far, I don’t have a universal heuristic for addressing these “double” fingerings — I either use a non-standard fingering before or after the double fingering, depending upon what’s going on in the melody. The fingering indication can be useful for remembering the least-bad workaround I’ve come up with.
Although my hand independence still sucks (I don’t have any prior experience with piano or other “multi-voice” instruments), it seems like the best way for a beginner to notate a chordal (homophonic) accompaniment is using fakebook notation [eg, Amin, Dsus4, etc.]. I suspect that as I get more comfortable with the transposing nature of the Hayden, it may be more parsimonious to just switch to roman numeral notation. Even farther over the horizon lies true polyphonic arranging, but it seems like the optimal notation for that will be standard grand staff notation [although the compass of the LH on the Elise straddles the bass and treble clef in a rather awkward way].
Since I’m figuring this all out on my own, I want to make sure that I’m not going down some kind of pedagogic cul-de-sac. If there’s a standard tab system that DC players use in lieu of “dots”, I’d really appreciate being pointed in the right direction by those of you who have already walked this path.