david_boveri Posted March 1, 2009 Share Posted March 1, 2009 (edited) i guess i would say that i consider fanning to be on the very extreme end of the spectrum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIpE38VoY08 I'm happy to disagree and state that in my opinion Edel is a fanner. She opens the bellows from the top, using the solidity gained from holding the bellows together at the bottom to create a stable platform for accurate fingerwork. What creates the uncertainty is what she does when she runs into the one disadvantage created by fanning, running out of air. At this point she lifts the bellows apart at the bottom, but still maintains the slight downwards pressure on the bellows that creates fanning. This starts the bellows into a mild S shape, and retains a stable end. For a more dramatic example of the use of an S bend to create stability for the free end of the concertina (in this case the left end) look at the Micheal O' Raghallaigh clip on Comhaltas, probably also on Youtube. I suspect Edel pushes down with the heel of her hand when the bellows are closed at the bottom and down with the index finger side of her hand when she has moved from the closed fanning position to the S bend position. If you look at the Noel Hill clips on Youtube the bellows are more extended but the free end is lower than the fixed end, creating the S bend. would you then say that she fans part of the time and pulls out for the other part? i am not so sure i agree with that, but i can concede it may be true. Well, Dave, I will not waste valuable practice time arguing with you on what constitutes "fanning". (I still remeber our 20 minute walk and your monologue that could be summed up in one sentence: "I don't care what you learn, as long as you pay attention." See, I was paying attention!) But I will go straight to the source this summer and observe Edel's bellows work. No problem paying attention. Greg i wonder if you would have remembered my talk if all i had said was "i dont care what you learn, as long as you pay attention." which reminds me... i was going to go practice but somehow i ended up online. keeping me in line, as usual! Edited March 1, 2009 by david_boveri Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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