LR71 Posted February 5, 2014 Share Posted February 5, 2014 By "sideways" I mean that the fingers are held perpendicular to the rows of keys, unliked the anglo, the duet, the accordion, the piano, the typewriter...this was discussed in a thread on English Concertina Finger Position, with much ensuing confusion in the written part of the debating; this simple chart explains things infinitely better: "Simon" refers to Simon Thoumire, who holds his fingers 90 degrees to the norm. My question is why wasn't this orientation of the fingers also used for the anglo and duet instruments? Is it because the duet is larger and the anglo push-pull, thus necessitating more force than the thumb and pinky could impart? Incidentally I'm waiting on arrival of my first concertina, an 1890s Lachenal; the straps are shot and I plan to slap on blocks and hand straps like you get on an anglo or duet. Having the fingers perpendicular to the rows just seems bizarre, like playing music on one of those old telephone switchboards. No thank you! I already play button and piano accordions and also the piano per se, so am married to the whole fingers-parallel aspect. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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