Jody Kruskal Posted April 15, 2017 Share Posted April 15, 2017 (edited) I've nothing at all against G/D instruments, and musicians like Jody do wonders with them, but remember that it is possible to play quite a lot of tunes in G, on a C/G instrument, in the correct pitch, and with full chording. The way I do it is to play the lower end of the scale (G above middle C to E) 'on the pull' on the C row, and anything above that on the RH G row. The first two notes of the scale are the pulled G at button 4 on the top (accidentals) row (LH) and the pushed A on the same button - both using the index finger - allowing a pulled G chord using the other fingers to be set against the first note of the scale. A tune like 'Speed the Plough' works fine like that, though tunes that go below G - i.e. to F# and lower - become much more difficult to harmonize as more LH fingers are needed for melody notes. Jim has a good point abut projecting over massed melodeons by playing an octave high. Personally I find the corresponding G/A reversal at top row button 2 on the RH of a Wheatstone-system instrument absolutely integral to the way I play. But that's probably just me. Hi Brian, Well... this is a fingering I haven't really explored in my own playing "The first two notes of the scale are the pulled G at button 4 on the top (accidentals) row (LH) and the pushed A on the same button - both using the index finger - allowing a pulled G chord using the other fingers to be set against the first note of the scale." I like it! Thanks! Instead of your draw push, I usually play G and A as draw draw with the G as you say and the draw A being LH button #5 at the top of the C row. However, your way works a treat... freeing up another finger is always good though my way is smoother without the bellows change. BTW, your way is fine in both C/G and G/D (transposed) as well as Wheatstone and the Jefferies system too. Edited April 15, 2017 by Jody Kruskal Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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