catty Posted September 26, 2008 Share Posted September 26, 2008 This sums it up perfectly. EC playing largely suffers from the same thing as Piano accordion in dance music. You have to work at separating the notes clearly otherwise it just sounds mushy and will lift no-one's foot off the floor. No you don't. You have to separate the notes but it is no particular effort, more a way of looking at things. English players may be more inclined to start from a written tune and they are sometimes written out to look more uniform than they are played. You need to know what a hornpipe for instance should sound like but it is not particularly hard to play properly on English concertina. Roger is correct. When learning woodwinds, the very first thing one learns is to "tongue" the reed--which is to say, control the duration of the note. On strings, the technique is called damping. On concertinas and accordians, one may either not push a button, or not work the bellows, or both. Whatever the technique for a given instrument, it is about time--the most basic element in music. With good time, one may execute dancable music on any and all instruments. Without it, there is nothing. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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