I am new to these forums so first let me introduce myself. I am a whistler for almost 4 years (as a hobby), I love and play ITM as often as I can here in Portugal. Recently I have also grown an interest for the anglo concertina and have been gathering a lot of info and studying the potential of this amazing instrument.
I have posted the following text on thesession.org but I guess here is where I may find a bigger quantity of experts
MY POST IS:
I know that it is not new to ask whether I can use G/D for Irish music, instead of C/G. But what if we don't use "the system"?
Consider the following situation:
- A begginer in anglo concertina (so not yet used to "the system" which means there is no difficulty in changing to another fingering)
- Wanting to play mostly Irish tunes in the keys of D and G
In what way playing a C/G according to "the system" is better than playing a G/D using a more "single row" fingering?
I have seen people saying that with G/D I have one of the following problems: a) either i am playing lower notes and may not be heard during a session or to play in the same octave as others I am playing almost everything with my right hand.
But this is not true if I don't use "the system" way of fingering!
Consider this diagram that is useful to reference which octave I am talking about:
The majority of irish tunes I know are in D and G, and range from note D2 up to B3 (see diagram).
With a C/G concertina we typically use "the system" by playing cross row. We play D2,E2,F#2,G2,A2 on the left side and B2,C3/C#3,D3,E3,F#3,G3,A3,B3 on the right side. That's 5 notes on the left and 8 notes on the right.
Now with a D/G concertina I can simply use the bottom (D) row (and one button from middle (G) row if I need the Cnat for the key of G). I play D2,E2,F#2,G2,A2,B2 on the left side and C3/C#3,D3,E3,F#3,G3,A3,B3 on the right side. That's 6 notes on the left and 7 notes on the right.
So this means that I can play the most common keys and notes in irish music in the same octave as usual (not lower notes) and I don't play more with my right hand (on the contrary, there is one more note on the left).
Moreover, if I want to sometimes play ALL notes on the draw (pull), I notice that all the notes I mentioned above (from D2 to B3) are available on the draw (pull) except for one: A3. I think in a C/G I dont even have so many notes available in that direction.
Given this situation, in what is a C/G system better if I want to play just in the keys of D and G? Can someone tell me? I searched all threads here and in concertina.net and I cannot find a reason for prefering C/G system either than historical reasons or habit.
Please tell me what am I not seeing right.