Anglo to English/English to Anglo/Anything to Duet/Duet to Anything, e in Teaching and Learning Posted June 24, 2009 I've recently treated myself to a Jackie, and -- after playing push-pull instruments for 20-odd years -- am trying to get my head around the English. Hard to believe that two instruments that look so similar could be so utterly different. Anyway, I thought I'd start this thread so "switchers" could share their experiences of the differences. Not necessarily the obvious ones (like the fingering is completely different) but the things you find yourself doing, the unpredicted tricky bits, etc. Here's a few of mine: - * on the English, I have to make a conscious effort to play with 'lift' and bounce, because "smooth" is the default setting (no forced changes of bellows direction). * I find myself running out of air (particularly on the push) -- again, no forced changes of bellows direction. * air button with index finger -- easy to make a squeak instead of letting air into the bellows. * some "hard" tunes are easy; some "easy" tunes are hard. Like those tunes that have a major and minor version. I'd always steered clear of them on my anglo and melodeon. * the way tunes in certain keys "sit" mostly on one hand -- e.g. C and G on the left hand; D & A on the right.