JimLucas Posted July 18, 2009 Share Posted July 18, 2009 (edited) In a thread in the General Discussion subForum relating to 38-button vs. 30-button preferences, Chris Ghent raised the issue of what notes one might want on additional buttons beyond the core 30. This has been discussed before, though not recently, and it seems likely to elicit a lot of responses, so I thought it deserved its own Topic. That's what I'm starting here. To start things off, I've quoted below my response to Chris' post in the other thread, including his comments that I responded to. I look forward to a lively discussion. The extra buttons on a 38 key seem like a lovely thing, but as a player of Irish music the notes they bring do not make sense, and of course they were created for an entirely different canon. Some time ago I attempted to enlist help to decide on extra notes which would be an asset in Irish music with a view to creating a layout which was not so extensive, perhaps only 34 keys as a compromise on weight and room, but with every key being right on the money. Another way of putting this is, what would people put there now if there was no historical flywheel? I could not find anybody ready to offer an opinion. So let me try again. If you could have two more buttons on each side at the head of two of the rows what would they be..? On the left side I see the F#, the E/F, and the C buttons as contenders. On the right the F# and ? Ah, Chris, you're inviting us into a minefield. So let me add some sniper fire. As a start, I have a low F# on the RHS second button accidental row and this has shown me the handiness of a note situated well away from its peers. But isn't that what the English system is all about? What else from the LHS would work on the right? What if the two RHS side buttons were a low E/F reversed, and a low C/F#. And if the left buttons were a high F#/C# and what else? And if you're really proposing to depart from the "historical flywheel", as you put it, why not also make changes in the "core" 30 buttons, or at least in the "accidental" row? But I recommend that if we're going to start discussing keyboard (re)design again (it has been a while since the last thread on this subject), we start a new Topic, preferably in the Instrument Construction & Repair subForum. Oh, never mind, I'll do it myself. And so I have done. Edited to correct a typo. Edited July 18, 2009 by JimLucas Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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