Jim Besser Posted February 5, 2013 Share Posted February 5, 2013 (edited) I've had a break from the concertina, but now am getting back to it (I was stolen away by the melodeon. lol). I've always found it awkward to play the concertina with other people as I find myself playing completely different tunes to everyone else. And what I find hard others find easy and vice versa. So does anyone else here play in octaves? What instrument (key etc.) do you play? What tunes do you find easy and what do you find hard? I have a C/G anglo. Playing in octaves sometimes makes a nice break from chording and doing harmonies. Adding octave playing occasionally in tunes is a way of adding texture, but playing entire tunes that way can get tiresome, Scan Tester notwithstanding. An example of really nice octave playing: Jody Kruskal's gorgeous waltz Fickle Moon. I do mostly chords and harmonies, but - like Jody - throw in passages of octave playing. I also do octaves periodically when playing for Morris dancers because it can give a tune some extra punch and volume. One more point: if you're having problems learning chording, use playing octaves as a point of departure. Take a simple tune like Shepherd's Hey and play it in octaves until you're proficient. THen gradually find places where you can add notes to the left hand to create chords. I've taught this to a number of beginners, and it seems to ease the path to effective chording. I would also suggest not worrying very much about chord names. Play what sounds good, you can learn the names later so you don't get overwhelmed. Edited February 5, 2013 by Jim Besser Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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