JimLucas Posted May 14, 2009 Share Posted May 14, 2009 I thought English concertinas would've had the right hand for the higher note range, but it doesn't sound as though it is what I thought it was like. Not at all. But your comment made me wonder why many people seem to think that "high notes in the right hand and low notes in the left hand" is somehow the natural order of music and musical instruments. After all, few stringed instruments work that way... certainly not the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, or autoharp. Woodwind instruments, though they can only play one note at a time, mostly use the fingers of the left hand to select among notes higher in the scale and those of the right hand to select among the lower ones. Actually, in all of these instruments the selection of notes being played is a cooperation of the two hands, not a separation. And the same is true of the English concertina, though the technical details are quite different. The simple answer, it seems, is "the piano". The piano keyboard has somehow become so ingrained into our (Western) musical culture that it's viewed not merely as a means of playing music, but as the definition of music itself. It's used for teaching musical concepts even when no actual piano or similar keyboard is available. Virtually anyone who has ever studied music knows the piano keyboard, even if they've never had their hands on one. So I wonder how and why this came to be the case. And (as if you couldn't tell ) I'd like to hear your opinions in the matter. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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