Lynn S. Posted May 21 Share Posted May 21 Greetings! I'm a beginner with the concertina and I'm having two major problems. I have a new McNeela Swan Anglo. The first is that my thumb cannot reach the air button. I even took the strap out of the bracket on the side of the palm rest to move my hand closer to the button, but to no avail. My thumb tilts out and away from the button (genetics, cannot help that). Does anyone have a suggestion as to something I can do to augment the reach of my thumb? A lever of some kind under my thumb that pushes the air button or something that goes on top of the air button to make it larger? I greatly appreciate any suggestions. My second issue is with the bellows. They are leather and pulling the bellows is a hand/arm exercise that takes away from learning the notes. It's a struggle. (Yes, I know that the air button or another button must be pushed to open the bellows without causing damage to the concertina.) Will they loosen up with time and practice? Is there anything I can do to hasten the process? Right now, fighting with the bellows and trying to reach the air button is making my practicing difficult and certainly short-lived. I truly appreciate any suggestions for either issue. Thank you very much! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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