Floating pinkies? …and other questions for the beginning concertina player
Floating pinkies? …and other questions for beginning concertina player
Having developed bad habits as a beginner on the first instrument I learned and having found it difficult to unlearn them, I want to try and avoid the same thing as l learn to play the concertina.
I’ve been working at it for a few months on my own as there is no teacher available where I live. I’ve subscribed to OAIM but some of the basics of technique seem to be glossed over in the beginning lessons.
The question I have regards the placement of the pinkie. What I seem to see in most players (and which I think I also read somewhere) is that the pinkies rest on the side of the button board as a kind of an anchor. Is this the correct technique and how important is it? Because the most comfortable way for me is to have the pinkies floating which also makes it easier for me to get to the F# on the left hand when I need it. Should I change this?
Also if any of you out there have other advice for the beginning player on habits to avoid, I would appreciate hearing about them. Thanks.