Kevin Rielly Posted December 25, 2009 Share Posted December 25, 2009 Hello, I've been teaching myself Anglo for about 1-1/2 years and am doing pretty well. I've been thru the Levy and Bramich tutors and can play all of the songs. One thing that bothers me is how repeated notes are best played (and me, not wishing to teach myself any more bad habits than necessary). I recall reading (not sure where) that if you use the same finger to play two consecutive notes, it is called "chopping" and is to be avoided. Neither Bramich nor Levy seem to provide guidance. In the case of some notes, it would make sense to use the same finger, such as playing the F# (L-12) with the left pinky or E (L-9) with the left middle finger since this note is not duplicated anywhere else on the instrument (I have a Morse Ceili C-G with the Jeffries layout). Where a note can be played in 2 or 3 different places, what is the norm? The D may be played on the draw at L-8 and pressed on L-12. My inclination on some songs, usually where two D's end a phrase (Garret Barry's Jig in Bramich's book), is to play the second note by using the same finger along with a brief interuption of the bellows. In the first measure of Shandon Bells (also in Bramich's book) there are two D's in the first measure. The first I press (L-12) and the second, I draw (L-8) which allows the following F# and A (L-12 & L-13) to be played without changing the bellows direction. Other choices do not seem so clear...the G and A notes are available in three different places, the B, C, C#, D, D# and E in two places. I have to admit that using the same finger to repeat a note, at times, seems to make sense even if it is an expediancy. With multiple choices where to play the same note, repeating the use of the same finger can be avoided with some thought. My own inclination (as a long time musician) is to develop proficiency with both methods and use each to my advantage (even if one is bad technique). Other fingerings, such as going from A# to A, L-5 to L-10, with the left index finger seems to be sloppy and should be avoided. Folks on this forum never seem to be at a loss for opinions, so, am I on the right track? KBR Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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