Jody Kruskal Posted July 19, 2007 Share Posted July 19, 2007 I just got my new Morse C/G and it is very nice. I asked the good Button Box folks to try one innovation in the pitch/button layout and I’m thrilled by the result so far. One 30 button Anglo pitch has long been missed in the left hand and I have spent considerable time over the years in working out arrangements and musical cover ups to compensate for it’s lack. That note is the low D. One whole step up from from the lowest note on the instrument. All you Anglo players out there who play mostly trad style Irish have probably never missed that note, but I’m a harmonic player... melody on the right and harmony on the left. That missing low D has felt to me like a defect of the system since I first started playing, 30 years ago. But where to put it? Pull is the most useful direction for that D and short of adding another button I thought of having that low pull D replace the C# pull, second button of the "accidental" or far left hand row. That makes the button play A/D. It works great and having the button play the interval of a 5th is very handy. The fingerings seem natural. I almost never want to play the C# that’s now missing because I rarely play melody down there and a C# bass note is not too useful in the keys I do play. It’s a 7 in the key of D, a 3 in the key of A, a 4+ in G etc. The new low D note sounds good in almost every tune I play. For those who play UK, American, French, German, Swedish, South African, Australian etc. (did I miss anyone?) fiddle and dance tunes in the harmonic style, I highly suggest that you consider this option on your new orders. I bet a reed change is not too hard to do as a retrofit and I’m considering changing my Jefferies instruments to include this highly useful note. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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