JackJ Posted October 2, 2019 Share Posted October 2, 2019 (edited) I suspect this has probably been discussed at length, but a quick search didn't get me what I was looking for. I play Irish Traditional on whistle and flute, and am now researching a concertina purchase. C/G tuning seems to be standard anglo concertina tuning for ITM, and I'm wondering why, since such a huge percentage of the tunes in the repertoire are in D, G, and the modes related to those two major keys. Currently I think I have just one tune where I want to play an F natural, but scads where I need a C#. I realize that with a 30b C/G the notes are all there for the standard keys and modes, but still wondering why a D/G isn't preferred. Is there some inherent advantage to C/G tuning that I'm not seeing? Or is it that those instruments were produced in such great quantity for some other market that they were available much more cheaply than anything else, and there's now too much inertia for a switch to anything else? As a beginner, a C/G clearly makes some sense since all the instructional material I've seen assumes that tuning. But I hope to learn mostly by ear, and thus wondering if getting a G/D, or maybe even a D/A, would hold some advantages, or end up holding me back? Fingering patterns would obviously different, and I might need to work them out on my own, rather than using a published method. How daunting would that be? Thanks for any insights. Edited October 2, 2019 by JackJ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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