dmksails Posted November 28, 2021 Share Posted November 28, 2021 (edited) Hi all - I'm a fiddle player that is just getting into the concertina. On the fiddle I like to play slow tunes with long phrases - tunes like "In the Bleak Midwinter" - not into ompa music. These are the tunes I would also like to play with the concertina. I first started playing with an english version and found it to be fun, but exhausting. The bellows were very stiff and did not seem to loosen up with playing - and I'm a big guy, so strength is not really the problem here. I've recently exchanged the english for an anglo. This one has bellows like butter! I can play for an hour and not feel tired. The problem is how to play the type of music I want - seems I'm always out of air! Is this just a matter of practice? I'm told that a player can use the air button to take quick sips of air as needed, but I've not figured that process out yet. Are there any practice routines I can do to master this or videos out there that show how to go about getting more air? Or do I need to go back to the english - but a better quality instrument. Edited November 28, 2021 by dmksails Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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