PhilEdwards Posted September 15, 2011 Share Posted September 15, 2011 Following suggestions on the 'Absolute beginner' thread, I finally held an English concertina in my hands today courtesy of the nice man at Hobgoblin; it was a 48-key wooden-ended Scarlatti, nothing special but nicer build quality than the 30-key total-entry-level box they also had (plus, more keys). As recommended on the other thread, I noodled around on it, mainly by hitting a couple of buttons on the middle two rows on one side & seeing what came out; I got quite a nice New Age-y chord sequence going, which felt pretty good for a first attempt. (I didn't try singing - small shop & no other customers!) I'm just not convinced I was holding it right - or rather, if I *was* holding it right, I'm not convinced me and the EC are going to get on. I got my thumbs through the loops & put my little fingers in the little-finger-stirrup-things, but in that position I found it really difficult to bend my fingers back down to the lower notes. Not only that, but my little fingers seemed to be bearing most of the weight of the thing, so that my hands were quite stiff & cramp-y after putting it down. Is this something you just get used to (in which case I'm really not sure...) or was I holding it wrong? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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