charviol Posted September 21, 2012 Share Posted September 21, 2012 Hey, gang. The recently purchased Anglo concertina is working out well; with some experience with a Cajun-style C melodeon, bellows work makes sense, and the C-row reflects the 1-row melodeon very well. So no problems with Mr. Anglo. However, the rental EC from a US-based free reed establishment is a bit of a problem. Maybe I didn't ask and they didn't tell, but this concertina absolutely reeks of tobacco. I'm supposed to struggle with this thing as a complete novice with the bellows smelling like a chain smoker? This is totally ridiculous. Aside from its tobacco abuse problems, the EC as an EC is kind of weird to hold, pull bellows with thumb and pinky, and work the fingers around especially the lowest notes. It feels kind of cramped. Is this usually a problem for a beginner? I would love to learn how to play the EC ("one concertina for all styles" according to one writer), and many have suggested I consider that instrument as a violinist, but it sure ain't pouring tunes out at this point! Maybe it's because the darn thing is coughing and wheezing too much to sing a pretty song for me. So, are there any suggestions to help me hold the concertina in a firm, secure way to smoothly work the bellows? Suggestions for getting around the buttons? Anybody in the US I can contact/call about this? I am more than motivated to work with an EC to make it shine. But there is no way I'm buying this particular tobacco-infested instrument. I would love to know where I could rent a clean model or buy a decent, sweet-smelling EC that is pre-owned. Any good DVD's or You Tube clips I could watch that can demonstrate the hold and bellows technique so that I can get through these early awkward times? EC aficionados: I await your good advice and encouragement. Many thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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