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Howard Jones concertinas (52* d) RE: concertinas 18 Apr 18

Despite playing anglo and melodeon, I've never found the mouth organ particularly easy to get to grips with so I always find that comparison puzzling.

I understand the logic of the English system, but whenever I've tried it I can't get my hands to co-ordinate. The push-pull system of the anglo is for me far more intuitive. But I know others for whom the complete opposite is true.

You can use the air button at the same time as playing a note, although you will have to increase the bellows pressure to compensate. This helps to avoid loud gasps of air, although sometimes this is unavoidable. Learning to control the air button to manage the bellows, combined with the use of reversals (notes in the opposite direction), is an important part of playing the anglo. You learn to think ahead so that you have the bellows in the best position ready to play the next phrase. It sounds difficult described like that, but it becomes instinctive.

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