hjcjones Posted December 29, 2009 Share Posted December 29, 2009 At the risk of diverting this thread into an entirely different discussion, IMO the function of percussion (in the folk music of the British Isles, at least) is not so much to keep other instruments in time and more to emphasise the rhythm of the music. Good percussion supports the melody, it does not simply beat out the time. Indeed, I know percussionists who say you cannot play percussion unless you know the tune. I have no problem with percussionists in sessions who can do this, but I do disagree that it is a suitable option for people who feel left out at a session, just so they can join in. Percussion instruments have to be learned, just like any other instrument. The problem with percussion is that it is by its nature intrusive. It is very difficult for an aspiring percussionist to sit quietly on the edge of a session and join in without disturbing others, whereas this is possible on most melody instruments, including concertina. Back on topic, I am an anglo player who cannot get to grips at all with the English system. It's not just that I want to pump the bellows, but I struggle with the way the tune switches from hand to hand. However I find push-pull instruments intuitive to play. You won't know which way your own brain works until you try it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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