duckln Posted October 2, 2004 Share Posted October 2, 2004 I've sort of hit a limit in how many tunes I can commit to memory. When to switch hands going up in tone, or going to the occidental rows, playing the same tune an octave up gives me problems. Your fingers are all over the place and hard to keep track of them. The english system is confusing (not there's anything wrong with that). Reading the thread on shapes of concertinas and also having bought two violins on the internet got me thinking . As I understand it Wheatstone designed his system to the range of the violin. But his fingering is octave based with the added confusion of switching hands between octaves. I'm not familiar with duet arrangements and do know there is a concertina that mimics the piano. Few were on Ebay, they were discussed here. The name escapes me. ****** If I had been genius Wheatstone I would have stayed the course copying the violin. Here's a few rough, very rough ideas. * Base the fingering on 4ths as is the violin * Left hand, bottom rows, would be the G string, 4 notes with occidentals between and below them. Right hand, bottom rows, A string Left hand, upper rows, D string with occidentals between and above. Right hand, upper rows, E string Option, add a G before the A of the string A, for a total of 5 notes in that row to simplify jumping up an octave. Other add ons TBD. Handle improvements TBD ****** Benefits? Many 1st , I think the violin is more intuitive to play than the EC and so would an 'english' arranged in 4ths. 2nd, easier to play in different keys as is IMO a violin. Except for switching over one note , octaves would be played with the same hands. 3nd, There are thousands of aspiring violin players that could take to the concertina as a second or first instrument if it weren't so completly different. Just asking the question Patent Pending Joe Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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